Tuesday, June 13, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Graphic Novel Review by Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

I can't remember the last time I picked up a children's book and read it on my own. Gosh, it has to have been since the last time I babysat... which was 10+ years ago!

I'm so happy that I picked this book up from my local library! Nightlights is an absolute treat to read.

Graphic Novel Review of Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

Book 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 that cover her room.

One day, Morfie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy's drawings...

My thoughts:
First of all, the artwork in this book is absolutely stunning! I spent so much time just looking at the illustrations. The colors are all so vibrant and striking.

There were a few pages that could be a little too scary for children, so I would just caution readers there. Of course, as an adult reader, I absolutely loved the spookiness!

The storyline is short, but it was paced perfectly. I really enjoyed the plot and loved the underlying message of realizing your own strength.

I absolutely loved the main character, Sandy. She was so creative, smart, and quick thinking! Though I was confused about her age. Through her artwork, she seemed very young, but the topics that she was learning about in school seemed more mature.

Here are some examples of the incredible artwork:

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez page

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez page spread

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez page dream sequence

Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez Sandy's doodles

My final thoughts:
Overall, a very quick but awesome read! I would highly recommend this!


  1. This looks adorable, especially the full page illustrations. And those colors just pop.

  2. This looks awesome! I WANT IT. Goes straight to my wishlist.

    1. :-D I can't wait to see what you think once you get your hands on it!

  3. I'm so excited to get my hands on this! It looks so adorable! :)

  4. The illustrations look great. I'll have to check it out for my kids. :)

    1. Definitely! Just a heads up, there were some creepy bits. So you may want to read it first and make sure it's appropriate for your kids!

  5. I love the art! I think I'll have to look for this one. :)

  6. Oh man, I love the looks of those artistic illustrations! It sounds like it could be scary for the younger years, but that you could enjoy it!

    1. Yeah, definitely! I know as a kid I would have loved it, but I was already into spooky stories like ghost stories when I was really young.

  7. I've only read two graphic novels but this looks really cute, and that artwork is stunning.

    1. This is such a quick read too! I definitely recommend checking it out :)