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Friday, December 3, 2021

Written by Menlo Park, inspired by his son to write “Hello, Star”

We all do this to one degree or another.

We empathize with inanimate objects – be it a beloved old T-shirt that knew better times, or a once favorite stuffed animal now carried to the back of a closet.

For the protagonist of the new picture book, Hello Star, it is a dying star that catches her thoughts, imagination and sensitive heart.

“Hello, Star” is one of the new proposals from Stephanie V.V. Lucianovic, a Menlo Park author who previously wrote The End of Something Wonderful: A Practical Guide to Backyard Burials and Sukkotash Suffering. The book is illustrated by the New York Times bestseller Vashti Harrison.

Another new offering is the Picky Eaters League, which takes place in a city that takes its cuisine very seriously (and its residents’ ability to value it properly).

We recently spoke with Luchanovic, mostly about Hello Star, but also took the time to get skinny at Picky Eaters. For more information visit www.stephanielucianovic.com.

Q What inspired “Hello, Star”?

A My eldest son Henry, who was in first grade at the time and is now in seventh grade, flew into space a lot. One night he came up to me and said, “Do you know that stars die? Isn’t it sad?

I was just starting to write picture books – collecting ideas from all over the place – and I thought about the sensitive thought he had, about that feeling of love, sympathy, or sadness for an inanimate object. (I) wondered what the child would do with this feeling. That night I sat down and wrote the first draft of Hello, Star.

Q It was around the same time that you almost quit writing books, right? Then Henry helped convince you to do otherwise?

A At that time, I did not have an agent and I sent a lot of requests to agents and received a lot of rejections. I was ready to give up. I got turned down by an agent who I thought would be a more favorable situation, and I was so depressed that I said, “That’s it. I got bored. “So, yes, the same son made a heart out of paper and wrote on it:” You write really, very, very good books. Please don’t give up. “

I still have this heart. It’s on my wall. I look at this a lot when I’m just going to give up again.

Q What was it like working with Vashti Harrison on the book?

A It was wonderful. Picture books work in such a way that the author writes the text and sells it to the editor. Then the editor goes and finds an illustrator. Then the illustrator works separately from the author. Sometimes there is communication between the author and the illustrator, but often the publishing industry just thinks it’s best to keep us separate.

So we didn’t work together that much. But when my editors asked me if I had any ideas on who could illustrate my book. I had a list ready, and Vashti was at the top of my list.

Q The author should be delighted to see the visuals come to life.

A This is indeed the case. I think that some picture book authors who are text-only, that is, they will never be illustrators, think to themselves, “This is my book and I want it to look a certain way.” The point is, if we do our research correctly, we learn that we cannot have any of these thoughts. We have a text-only story. You are trying to leave room for the illustrator without overdoing artistic notes. You are trying to distance yourself from visual effects.

Q What does the message “Hello Star” mean?

A (Laughs) Another thing you will learn about the author of the picture book is that you never want to say there is a message in your book because they don’t want it to be didactic. However, books should be useful.

I think there are several takeaways, one of which is that when we work towards a goal it takes a lot of hard work and there will always be at least one time when you are tired and frustrated, but you just keep going. Look at this star and it will be your guiding light towards the ultimate goal of your journey towards that particular goal.

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(History) shows us how far empathy can take us. After all, the little girl is sad because of the star. She sympathizes with the star. She worries that the star feels lonely on the street when she dies, which upsets her. And this ultimately puts her on the path of an astronaut throughout her life.

My son had such sympathy. I think all kids do that. I think adults do that – we just forget about it when we get older and call out everything because we’ve been through enough.

But never forget that empathy is important because it can lead. This leads to a greater understanding of the world, leads to the achievement of goals and just keeps us all human.

Q Moving on to your other new book, how did the idea for the Picky Eaters League come about?

A My agent made me write books for longer than picture books. So, I got the idea to write about picky child eaters. Many books have been published dedicated to the young gourmet chef – be it bakers or restaurant managers. There was a lot of it that I love because I am a foodie. But I also thought, “What about kids who don’t like food because they are picky about what they eat? Where is the book for them? “

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