The Boy from the Sun

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The Boy From The Sun
Author Duncan Weller
Illustrator Duncan Weller
Country Canada
Language English
Genre Children's picture book
Published 2006 (Simply Read Books)
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages 36
ISBN 1894965337

The Boy from the Sun is a 2006 children's book by Canadian author Duncan Weller.


Three children sit unenthusiastically on a sidewalk after a day of school. The Boy from the Sun floats down from the sky and takes the three children on a magical journey in order to show them that life does not need to carry on dull and uninteresting as how it has been in the past. They are taken through a wonderful forest filled with things they have never seen before with their eyes, such as the colors, people and animals. The story is concluded with a poem from the Boy from the Sun to the children, reminding them to always remember the beauty, and that their imagination has no limits.


The Toronto Star wrote "This is a book where the pictures stand out because they look like they were drawn by a kid - but with extra flair." and "It's hard to say if many kids will really relate to the style and story of this book. Young kids will find the poem confusing."[1] The Montreal Gazette called it "an odd little book but a welcome presence in the list of GG nominations for illustrations."[2] and CM: Canadian Review of Materials wrote "the philosophy expressed, while it is worthy, is beyond the understanding of very young children, and yet the book looks like a book designed for young children."[3]

The Boy from the Sun has received a number of awards including the 2008 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award[4] and the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration in children's literature.[5][6]


  1. ^ Wysong, Pippa (2 December 2007). "The Best Kids Books". Toront Star. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Goedhart, Bernie (10 November 2007). "Fine Illustrations Bring Pleasure". The Gazette, Montreal. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Helen Norrie (25 May 2007). "The Boy From The Sun". CM. The Manitoba Library Association. 13 (20). 
  4. ^ Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards
  5. ^ "2007 Governor General's Literary Awards Recipient: Duncan Weller". The Canadian Children's Book Centre. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Donnelly, Pat (28 November 2007). "Ondaatje makes it five". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 1 September 2016.