Book Review: Alicia and the Light Bulb People of Star Factory 13 by Barbara Roman

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If you’re looking for an adorable children’s book with a unique and charming set of characters, set within a bit of a fantasy world, and full of wonderful life lessons, look no further than Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13 by B. Roman. I downloaded this book shortly before the holidays, but only just found the time to read it last night as I was going through my Kindle Reader.


Alicia, a 10-year-old girl, accompanies her mother to the department store to select a new lamp for their home. Alicia is worried that she doesn’t know what kind of personality her lamp should have, then finds herself awestruck by a Christmas tree and gold door at the store. When she presses a button on the door, she is immediately transported to the 13th floor and into a magical world where lamps and light bulbs can speak. Each is different, containing a special personality that matches their name — dim, flood, three-way, flicker… how cozy and cute is that? Alicia must help the light bulbs figure out how to turn into stars; through her relationship with them and Carelia the Light Goddess, she must also find her own way back to the department store before tomorrow arrives.

Roman’s ingenuity in building all the different characters is top notch. I laughed and smiled, then felt a pang of sorrow and hope as they searched for a way to become stars at the end of one stage in their life. The book explores how we are all different, sometimes teasing each other for being too dim or too bright, changing our minds or shooting too far too quickly in life. It also teaches children how to work together to achieve a common goal, or to feel better about who we are. By transporting us into a different world, one where objects we thought were inanimate and had no personality come alive, Roman provides a way to truly engage children in a fun manner with memorable characters.

The illustrations are vibrant. The words flow. The story is simple yet endearing. It’s a perfect bedtime read for all children, but especially any who worry about being different than others. I’m so glad I picked this one up last night, as I needed a boost to feel better. And this did the trick. Kudos to this fine author.


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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Alicia and the Light Bulb People of Star Factory 13 by Barbara Roman

    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    I LOVE the sound of this Jay!😊

    Liked by 1 person

    Mary Deal said:
    January 25, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    This is a great review in that it identifies that the book has moral value. Too often children’s books are a lot of colorful animated characters but the story line has no message. Reading to young children, or they themselves reading, is one of the strongest ways to instill morals into children’s minds to help them understand our world. I am glad you pointed out the moral value in this book and wrote this review. Then it is definitely one worth recommending.

    By the way, I love your thorough reviews and have decided to follow you, so you may see me pop up here quite often. I’m coming to the belief that you understand the stories you read, which will help me determine some of the books I buy and read.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 25, 2018 at 3:14 PM

      That’s a wonderful comment and compliment, Mary. I truly appreciate it.

      I love to read, sometimes I go a little too fast and miss a couple of messages in the book; however, I’ve learned to control that in books that are heavier or provide more than just a fun story or setting. I want to connect with the characters and authors.

      Thank you!


    Sassy Brit (Reviewer) said:
    January 25, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    It does look a very vibrant book! Enjoyed your review 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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