Sunbelievable is a humorous, educational/science children’s picture book about the Sun for ages 4-8. Does the Sun ride roller coasters? Teach fireflies to shine? Take bubble baths when eating pizza?
To help her younger sister Leen fall asleep at bedtime, YaYa tells her about the Sun’s amazing exploits. Skeptical Leen challenges YaYa’s tales and invents her own hilarious twists and surprises. Together, they create not only a wildly funny story, but also discover the power of shared imagination.
The illustration style, using digital photo collage, features real children whose dialogue unfolds in brilliant, magical landscapes. An educational piece with facts about the real Sun is contributed by NASA’s Chief Technologist.
Sunbelievable is uniquely geared toward young readers, helping them connect storytelling with science and nature. If the Sun can ride roller coasters, anything is possible!
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2012 Mom’s Choice Gold Award
2012 Indie Excellence Finalist Award
2012 Royal Dragonfly Award – Two Awards for Best Illustrations
2012 Purple Dragonfly Award – Two Awards for Best Illustrations
What People are Saying about Sunbelievable
Incredible book. Sunbelievable has it all: beautiful and original illustrations, a funny and charming story, great characters, and an appeal to all audiences, but especially to children.I’ve read many children’s stories, and this one is definitely one of my favorites ever. It is truly a unique and innovative children’s story. I highly recommend it to all parents and children. ~ Karl Rossman
As a teacher and as a mom I am impressed with the uniqueness of this imaginative and whimsical story. Beyond the story itself, Sunbelievable is a feast for the eye with its magnificent illustrations. What an original way to enhance the text! This book takes story-telling and images to new heights. ~ TTulin
My nephew and nieces love this book! they are completely enthralled every time it is read to them!!! Exquisite, vibrant, breathtaking images with a journey of a story, it looks like the Kairys have created a completely new experience in kids storytelling! ~ Alanb90
This book was given to my daughter for her birthday, and by the end of the day it was “her favorite book ever!”~ S. Asch
I read Sunbelievable to a 4-year-old who kept wanting to take the book out of my hands, settle by herself on the rug and touch the pictures—all the while talking to the stars of the story – YaYa and Leen. I, too, was enchanted by these girls (the author’s own granddaughters!) and happy to be led on a playful romp into their lively world. This richly and uniquely illustrated book dazzles and delights—a magical feast for the senses . . . and is just plain FUN! Heart-warming to see a big sister’s joy and kindness making up imaginative stories to help her little sister fall asleep. And oh! I learned about science and nature along the way. ~ H. Barry
This book made me smile – from cover to cover. I loved the use of actual photographs as part of the illustrations, and felt as if I knew the girls! Wonderfully imaginative and a great book to share with a child or grandchild. I enjoyed this book greatly! ~ Dianne Daniels
An extraordinary, magical book with delightful illustrations, fabulous characters and a unique package for children and adults who appreciate art and fiction. Children will look forward to more stories by Kairys in gorgeous living color. Bravo! ~ Dr. Lois H. Young
This is a truly beautiful children’s book with magical illustrations. Quality from hard cover with protective sleeve right through to the last page that features a lullaby. The colours, backgrounds and added extras are exquisite and children are bound to find something new on each page every time they pick up the book. The story is typical of children’s wild imaginations! ~ Anne C.
I’ve read many children’s stories, and this is definitely one of my favorites ever. It is truly a unique and innovative children’s story. I highly recommend it to all parents ~ Saulnique
Why Sunbelievable Delights Children of all Ages
by David Broughton, Contributor to the Stories for Children Book Review, Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review, and American Chronicle Book Reviews.
The illustrations in Sunbelievable use digital photo collage to create a world full of vibrant color, bridging real-life images with an imaginative landscape full of wonder. Children love exploring the images for unexpected details that make the story alive.
The artwork is truly exceptional, a brilliant melding of art and photography. Each illustration projects an almost three-dimensional quality. The writing tells the story boldly through the imagination of two curious children, while the real message of the book—recognizing diversity in the world around us – is quite subtle. Printing is done in the USA by a company that makes sure it’s child safe and lead free. As a professional book reviewer, I see hundreds of children’s books a month; most I cannot in good conscience recommend on any level, but Sunbelievable surpasses all my benchmarks of a great children’s book.