Author: Lorena Alvarez
Genre: Graphic Novel
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Synopsis: Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings. When a mysterious new girl appears at school, Sandy’s drawings are noticed for the first time…but Morfie’s fascination with Sandy’s talent soon turns into something far more sinister.
Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Lorena Alvarez.
Nightlights was something I picked up on a whim after looking up middle grade graphic novels. I wanted some books that I knew I could get through quickly for the Middle Grade May event in TBR and Beyond. This definitely fit into being a quick book! At only 60 pages, I breezed through this book.
The illustrations in Nightbooks are absolutely amazing. They’re incredible to look at and they definitely add so much to this story.
While I was mesmerized by the artwork, I did find myself a little confused in regards to the actual storyline. The exploration of reality versus fantasy was especially confusing to me given how abruptly and openly the story ended. I didn’t realize at first that Nightlights is the start of a series, so I am curious to see more from Lorena Alvarez in the future and where the series goes.
This is a cute story about Sandy realizing she’s in control of herself and her art and that she isn’t controlled by external forces. I think this would be greatly appreciated by middle grade age children and those who are dealing with some self doubt. The art style is captivating and definitely pleasing to look at.