BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Brady Needs a Nightlight by Brian Barlics
Brady Needs a Nightlight
by Brian Barlics, illustrated by Gregory Burgess Jones
In Brady Needs a Nightlight, author Brian Barlics introduces the reader to Brady, a loveable little bat who oddly has a terrible fear of the dark. This poses quite a dilemma for a creature that sleeps in a dark cave and comes out to play at night. The story opens with an image of Brady, scared to fall asleep inside of his dark cave. He is forced to watch the other bats hang fast asleep as he imagines himself playing outside in the sunshine. As night falls, the other bats are up and ready to play, but poor Brady is too afraid to step out into the darkness. After building up the courage to go, Brady realizes, with the help of some bright and shining fireflies, that the nighttime isn’t so bad after all. New friendships abound and thanks to his new friends, the fireflies Brady learns to overcome his fear! The colorful imagery and charming characters created by illustrator Gregory Jones help children to cope with fears, and learn to use creativity to problem-solve.
MY THOUGHTS: 4 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Very cute little story about a most unlikely partnership! Brady is a young bat, so he should be used to the dark–after all, he sleeps in a cave! But Brady is not like the other bats; he really hates the dark and is afraid to go to sleep in the cave. He is feeling very sad until he finds bright friends to help him light the way!
The rhyming scheme was nice and kept my child’s attention, though the book was a bit long for bedtime. I had never seen a story about a bat before, and I liked that this book featured one without it being about Halloween.
Brady Needs a Nightlight teaches children that it’s OK to be afraid sometimes, because if you look, there is always someone to help you, or a way to make yourself feel better.
About the Author
Brian was born and raised in New Jersey and currently lives in Northern California. He is a Pediatrician with a strong love for children and is dedicated to their health and well-being. He believes not only in the physical health of children but also in the enrichment of their minds and building of their character. He is a strong advocate of the well-supported idea that reading to your child encourages a strong parent-child bond, promotes literacy, and helps them tap into their seemingly endless imaginations. He has recently started a new venture as an author of children’s books. His award-winning book “Brady Needs a Nightlight” is now available and might become your child’s favorite bedtime story!
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