Jimmy is playing the Star in the school play. He practises shining all the time. As the performance draws closer, Jimmy is really beginning to sparkle. On the evening of the play, Dad takes his toolbox and goes off to work with the promise that he will try his best to make it to Jimmy's performance. The play starts but Jimmy's dad is still not there and Jimmy is getting worried. Suddenly, through a sea of faces, Jimmy sees his Dad smiling at him waiting to see him shine. In this touching story, Jonathan Langley magically illustrates the contrast between the light of the stars and the dark of night, and deals sensitively with the relationship between father and son.
Jonathan Langley was born in 1952 and studied at the Liverpool College of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. A hugely successful author and illustrator of children's books, his titles for HarperCollins have sold over a million copies throughout the world. Shine was written in collaboration with his wife, Karen Langley. They are based in Arnside, Cumbria.To visit Jonathan's website click here Karen Langley lives in the Lake District. She wrote Shine in collaboration with her husband, Jonathan Langley.