Flicker, Flicker! Good Night, Firefly by Gabriel Alborozo
THE ELECTRICITY WENT OUT!.
NINA WATCHED AS SCARY SHADOWS CREPT ACROSS HER WALLS.
Nina didn't exactly know that she was afraid of the dark, because her bedroom nightlight had always shed just the right amount of cozy yellow light.
But when the electricity went out... so did her nightlight! It was scary.
But Nina is too big to yell for her mom and dad. She tries to be brave, but it is SO dark! Wait! What's that?
OUTSIDE HER WINDOW NINA SAW A SOFT YELLOW GLOW.
Now Nina knows just what to do. She runs down the stars and outside the back door with her jar.
"COME ON, LITTLE GUY! COME WITH ME!"
Nina has her nightlight! With the little firefly in her jar, she goes upstairs and makes a tent from the sheet on her bed and reads her book. Then she makes shadow pictures on the walls, and she's still not tired.
Wait! Is the firefly light getting dimmer? Nina knows what she has to do next!
It's outside again with the firefly in the jar, and when Nina opens the lid, off her little nightlight flies, up into the trees, where she and her friends give Nina a gentle hint, spelling out...
"GOOD NIGHT, NINA!"
Luckily, Nina gets her little glowbug safely out of the jar and back to firefly business in time for their light show, in Gabriel Alborozo's Good Night, Firefly (Henry Holt and Company, 2015). Alborozo's digitally assisted drawings illuminate the dark in a light-hearted story of lighting the night the natural way. "The grand finale is lovely," says Kirkus Reviews.
For kids who are afraid of the dark, pair this one with Lizi Boyd's ALA Notable book, Flashlight (see review here), and for kids who just like the magic sparkle, read this one with Eric Carle's classic The Very Lonely Firefly.