Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Many say one can’t judge a book by its cover. I’d argue that Ella’s Night Lights proves that adage wrong. From the moment the reader holds the book in his or her hands, the magic seems to float off of the richly illustrated, subtly glittered cover offering up the promise of a magical and special tale. Ella is a fairy-like, nocturnal, moth-winged creature who cannot go out during the day lest her wings suffer damage in the sunlight. She doesn’t lament this setback, rather, she spends her nights busily and selflessly helping any creature who needs the light that she gathers in her wings, returning to her cozy nook in the oak tree before the dawn of the next winter’s day. The creatures decide to repay Ella for her generosity and they gather together to fashion a den of darkness for Ella so that she may safely enjoy the sunrise and be with them during the light of day. The book’s dedication: “To every single person who makes the world a brighter place” is a perfect descriptor of the message of this beautifully written tale of the power of giving to others. The digital illustrations are as magical as the tale they surround. Each page is filled with beautifully rendered details. The nighttime winter scenes are inviting and warm. While not intended to be a holiday story, this book would work beautifully to promote giving and the celebration of light during the winter season. Ella’s Night Lights is a treat for readers of all ages and a gentle reminder that we all have a responsibility to care for our friends and neighbors.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This book would make a wonderful gift for young readers. It would also be a great addition to a holiday/winter picture book collection
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries, families
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 11/22/2020