From School Library Journal
Gr 2-6-In this bizarre picture book, the author poses in the photograph illustrations; she plays Meera, a female clown on a quest to return fallen stars back to the sky. On her journey, she gets advice from a mechanical fortune teller, the Dream Tree, and other circus performers. Finally, a living, human version of the fortune teller explains to Meera that the stars are in "the kiss on your cheek,/the strength in your steps,/the hope in your heart." The Wizard of Oz-like premise disappoints here. The story lacks clarity and logic. Though well-executed, the photos are jarring. During some scenes, readers are given blindingly white snow, top to bottom. Also, some images are creepy, such as a black-and-white shot of an acrobat "Spinner" hanging upside down from a tree.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
, Toronto performer, writer, and director Diana Kolpak has transferred her considerable theatrical skills to the page. Enlivened by Kathleen Finlay?s striking photography. . . Starfall
presents a starkly beautiful, original world. Finlay?s images are sophisticated, fantastical, and unique, though a couple of the photos - such as the person caught by the Spinner in a swath of fabric - may be a little disturbing for younger readers. However, Kolpak's lyrical, melodic prose is reassuring, and in spite of its light tone, the story works on two levels: as a whimsical tale about a clown, and as an allegory for the triumph of courage and belief over evil and darkness."
-- Quill & Quire Starred Review