Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Firefly Hollow by Alison McGhee, Illus. by Christopher Denise

Disclosure: Book received at no charge for review purposes.

Firefly wants nothing more than to fly to the moon. Cricket wants to play baseball, not just sing about it. He hopes to become the cricket version of Yogi Berra, the greatest catcher in the world. In order for Firefly and Cricket to accomplish their dreams, they must venture beyond their nations. After disregarding the advice of their elders, Firefly and Cricket set off on their adventure and meet Vole, a river vole who also dares to dream. He dreams of sailing to where the river meets the sea. They also meet a boy named Peter they refer to as a "miniature giant" who desperately needs friends after the loss of his best friend.

Carefully developed characters come together to help each other accomplish their dreams and to catch each other when they fall short. Together, the unique mix of characters help heal a boy's broken heart. Denise's amazing artwork projects the warmth and friendship the sweet story deserves. A fitting classroom read aloud that belongs on the classics shelf with the likes of Charlotte's Web and The Wind in the Willows. I consider it an honor to recommend this novel to my readers.
Rating ★★★★★

Publishing Information: 

Publisher: Antheneum Books for Young Readers (Aug. 18, 2015)
ISBN: 978-1442423367
Ages: 8-12

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