This story of Halley’s Comet, told from the comet’s own perspective, ties the history of the renowned astronomical phenomenon of Halley’s return every 75 years with our own human history. A variety of ways that the comet has touched human beings for millennia, scientifically and culturally, are revealed.


  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild selection 2021
  • Commended, A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2021 2021
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens 2021
  • Short-listed, Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picture Book of the Year Award 2022


"A smart, meditative introduction to the astronomical phenomenon. "

- Foreword Reviews

"The text is accompanied by full-page paintings that capture the beautiful vastness of the sky along with panels that portray the intensity and fascination of the scientists, artists, and ordinary folk. .. Factual, historical, and inspirational. "

- Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Halley’s Comet speaks to readers, recounting the various ways that people throughout history have understood the celestial object. Gladstone and Eshet take us from the time of Aristotle to the space age — with many stops in between. "

- Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"This attractive informational picture book will provoke curiosity and wonder about our amazing universe and its history. "

- Canadian Children's Book News

"A fun and beautifully illustrated introduction to Halley’s Comet. "

- Canadian Review of Materials

"An intriguing picture book primer on 'the most famous comet. '"

- Publishers Weekly

"An ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book science collections for young readers ages 4-8. "

- Midwest Book Review

"Gladstone not only provides readers with a 'personal' account of the comet and lots of fascinating historical and scientific information but he also asks us to think about our relationship to the stars and, ultimately, the universe."

- The Globe and Mail

"Listening to Halley's Comet tell its own story is an ingenious way to introduce the comet that has been viewed from Earth over many hundreds of years ... Captivating and informative, this wonderful book will find fans of all ages."

- Sal's Fiction Addiction

"It’s rare to come across an informational picture book that offers the perfect mix of fact and wonder. But [Journey Around the Sun] is one such gem: a cosmic road trip sure to delight any reader who has ever looked up toward the heavens in awe."

- Quill & Quire - STARRED REVIEW