Monday, October 12, 2015

Bibliophile's Corner

Firefly Hollow
Written by Alison McGhee
Illustrated by
Christopher Denise

Flap Copy Description:
Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big?

Firefly doesn’t merely want to fly, she wants to touch the moon. Cricket doesn’t merely want to sing about baseball, he wants to catch. When these two little creatures with big dreams wander out of Firefly Hollow, refusing to listen to their elders, they find themselves face-to-face with the one creature they were always told to stay away from…a giant.

But Peter is a Miniature Giant. They’ve always been told that a Miniature Giant is nothing but a Future Giant, but this one just isn’t quite as big or as scary as the other Giants. Peter has a dream of his own, as well as memories to escape. He is overwhelmed with sadness, and a summer with his new unlikely friends Firefly and Cricket might be just what he needs. Can these friends’ dreams help them overcome the past?

My Thoughts:

Rarely have I read a newly-released children's book and immediately thought, this will be a classic. However, that is just what I thought upon finishing Alison McGhee's Firefly Hollow. Ms. McGhee has penned a beautiful novel with a delightful cast of characters; I'm sure its powerful message of friendship, loss, and sacrifice, will long be with me. In addition to that, the illustrations by Christopher Denise are exquisite, and bring this whimsical tale to life perfectly. I highly recommend Firefly Hollow to readers aged eight to eighty. Bravo, Alison McGhee!

Click here to learn more about the author, Alison McGhee.

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