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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 talentEvery 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....

Title : Nightlights
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ISBN : 9781910620137
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 60 Pages
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Nightlights Reviews

  • Nat
    2019-03-24 21:55

    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...Nightlights is a beautiful story about fear, insecurity, and creativity, from the enchanting imagination of Colombian artist, Lorena Alvarez Gomez.This vibrant and colourful picture book with its lively drawn illustrations has to be one of the most beautiful ones out there. It’s truly a stunner of a book.So to share my excitement, I decided to include some of my favorite exquisitely drawn pieces:#aestheticAs much as I adored Nightlights , I did have a few tiny issues with the way the storyline was dived into. The exploration of reality vs. fantasy was a bit confusing, especially with how it ended so openly and abruptly. But since I loved the illustrations so damn much (THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUS!!), I'm giving it a free-pass.And on a more serious note, I'm in awe of Gomez's art and talent. For the next few hours, you can find me looking up and staring at every single one of their works .ARC kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Expected publication: March  14th, 2017Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Nightlights, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!This review and more can be found on my blog.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-03-04 02:58

    3.5 stars. NIGHTLIGHTS is very, very beautifully-illustrated. In fact, the visuals deserve five stars. They are extremely colorful and detailed. You already get an idea of what they're like from the cover, because what you see is what you get. Sandy is adorable. She is a creative little girl who prefers to lose herself in her drawings rather than listen to her teachers drone on and on about things she does not care so much about. Her imagination runs especially wild when she starts seeing Morfie, the new girl, of whom no one else is aware. It's clear to the reader that only Sandy can interact with her, but it's not clear why that is. What prompted her to see this girl now? The story gets creepier when Morfie asks Sandy to make illustrations for her and becomes quite aggressive. Sandy tells no one about what is happening to her, so she has to deal with this girl (who doesn't even exist) alone. That's the problem: because she keeps her nightmares and illusions to herself, she doesn't really ''deal'' with this strange being she starts seeing. The ending is especially ambiguous, since there doesn't seem to be a conclusive conclusion. So I decided the final rating based on: The Graphics: 5 stars The Characters: 4 stars (Sandy is so cute and surprisingly relatable) The story: 2 stars Worth the read, just don't expect everything to make sense.

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-03-15 23:00

    A story about Sandy, a little girl who loves to draw. She sees creatures, she dreams them, she draws them. Reality and fantasy intermingle. She often sees things no one else sees, including Morfie, a ghost who is increasingly controlling, menacing. It appears to be a picturebook, but is actually a short graphic novel. It appears like a typical picturebook, but is actually a tale of mystery and imagination, (light) horror. The artwork from Alvarez and production from NoBrow is terrific, beautiful. The story has gaps, and the ending is very sudden, and confusing, but the beauty stands out. 3.5, I’ll say. As in Anya’s Ghost by Brosgol, or Gaiman’s Coraline, the presence of the supernatural helps the protagonists and young readers to critically reflect on their gifts and the challenges those gifts can sometimes bring. Sandy realizes she is in control of her own art and self and not controlled by external forces.

  • Trudie
    2019-03-21 23:56

    Beautiful vibrant illustrations in this children's graphic story / comic. I picked this up as part of a reading challenge, one task of which was to read an "all ages comic". It is nice that the author is from Bogota, Colombia (as I have never read a children's book from there) and apparently this story was "influenced by the vibrancy and colour of Alvarez's home town as well as the experiences and atmosphere of the Catholic school she attended". However, as far as a children's book goes I thought this was a little thin on story. But as an introduction to this fabulous illustrator it is a good starting point, and I am happy this led me to her online gallery.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-18 00:20

    Well done, if a bit slight. It seemed odd that Morfie switched so immediately to being obviously evil and threatening -- why bother pretending for that first day to be a friend? And since she had made friends, why not keep pretending and get the art without coercion? I dunno, I wanted it to drag out a little more suspensefully. The art was cute, though.In a funny coincidence, I am reading at the same time an adult novel (Charles de Lint's "Memory and Dream") that also features the concept of the antagonist wanting to consume the artist's creations.

  • Kelli
    2019-03-20 20:14

    Hmmm...what an oxymoron of a book this is. It is a picture book that is a set up like a graphic novel. It is a children's book that is actually quite sinister and scary. It is vivid/vibrant/bright/beautiful and dark/creepy/scary/confusing. I understand why my ten-year-old gravitated toward this eye catching cover. The cover features an adorable girl drawing, which is something my daughter loves to do. The beauty of the intense color, imaginative creatures, and realistic street scenes within cannot be understated. The story, however, was a mix of fantasy and reality that ended abruptly and didn't make a lot of sense. It was scary and had my kids asking me to explain it to them...then it had them up well after bedtime (and several times!!) because they were afraid. All children are different, so I suggest parents read this first before handing this to kids under twelve.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2019-03-24 19:04

    This is was the most beautiful graphic novel I've ever read! It's like a Pixar short on paper - Sandy, the main character, is adorable, the colours are so vibrant and the story is simple yet deep. I hope there's a second volume!

  • Rincey
    2019-03-07 22:09

    5 star art, 3 star story soo.. 4 stars I guess?

  • Calista
    2019-03-10 19:12

    A middle grade graphic novel that can send shivers down your spine. The amazing thing here is the art work. It whirls and swirls with colors and imagination. It has an element of being cute and there is an element that is a chilling. The art work is amazing. The story has stuff to offer here to. Sandy loves to draw and she has a talent for drawing. Sandy is lonely and looking for a friend. One day a nice enough girl shows up and wants to be friends. One day Sandy runs away from school and she find out there is something out there that wants to feed off of her art. It turns out to be a fun story.I enjoyed reading this story that bursts with vivid imagination. I have been entertained.

  • Bee (Heart Full of Books)
    2019-02-28 23:21

    THIS WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK I'VE EVER SEEN. Everything about Nightlights was gorgeous. I could look at each page for an hour, completely mesmerised. It's such an adorable story about art and praise and how when you start to let praise feed your passion, the passion dies and it was just so good.Like so good, that I would want some of the creatures permanently marked on my skin.

  • Mathew
    2019-02-25 03:17

    Lorena Alvarez has produced a vibrant, yet sinister dreamscape of a graphic novel and one which resonates so much with the constrictive nature of a prescribed education and the apathy of our hand-held virtual lives. This is a beautiful and important story which celebrates imagination and creative thought....full review here

  • Alexandra
    2019-03-10 02:00

    if i was rating this for the illustrations and colors alone, it would be a 5 star rating all the way. i LOVED how gorgeous and saturated the colors were and how beautiful the pictures were. but the story itself was a little...underdeveloped? underexplained? it was like a build up to nothing. and that disappointed me. what even happened? :|what was this even about?! :/

  • Susanne
    2019-02-24 01:06

    This was absolutely gorgeous!! The illustrations are breathtaking. I just wish there were a couple more pages to add a little more to the story.

  • Sharon
    2019-03-07 21:19

    I can't recall having read such a bizarre book in a long time! The cover and summary made me think this was a children's book, but as it went along and became more and more dark and creepy, this struck me as being more suited for teens. I was hoping for a resolution at the end, yet ended up disappointed. Nothing happened! I thought Sandy would try to escape her situation. But she didn't...she suddenly seemed okay with everything?! If I'd been twenty years younger when I read this, I would never want to draw anything ever again.

  • Brooke
    2019-03-07 18:58

    Every night, tiny lights appear out of the darkness in Sandy’s bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep and in the morning she brings them back to life in her 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 very colorful and beautifully illustrated graphic novel. However the story was very odd and didn’t compare equally to the artwork.

  • Michelle Morrell
    2019-03-06 01:59

    The story of a little girl with a huge imagination. A quick read that is notable for the GORGEOUS illustrations. Just lovely, and worth a look. Just look at how sumptuous this is!:

  • Charlotte Jones
    2019-03-17 19:06

    This is by far one of the most beautiful graphic novels I have ever read and I would love to have some of these pages as posters for my walls but the story itself was disappointing. The ideas presented were intriguing but I feel that the author didn't take it very far to the point where it felt like there were bits missing.I am in awe of Lorena Alvarez Gomez' illustration style and the colours used but unfortunately I found the story to be a little too lack-lustre and flat. I would recommend this purely for the artwork but the story was disappointing.

  • Elizabeth A
    2019-03-03 20:22

    This is the story of an artistic girl with a wonderful imagination. Young Sandy draws what she imagines, and the line between fantasy and reality blurs one day when a mysterious girl appears at her school. Does anyone else see her? The art in this children's graphic novel is vibrant and lovely, and I really liked it, however the story didn't seem cohesive, especially the ending. There is touch of horror in this yarn which is quite appropriate for young readers, and this would make a wonderfully spooky Halloween read with the wee ones in your life.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-03-07 23:56

    An absolute stunning plethora of gorgeous art. This visual feast captures imagination, dreams, and nightmares in bright vivid colours. A beauty to behold which will capture a child's fancy. The story shows the awakening of a girl's discovery that her art is actually good and that she has the power over her drawings rather than the other way around. Beautiful!

  • Maggie Gordon
    2019-03-08 00:14

    Nobrow keeps blowing me away with the books it puts out! Nightlights is a gorgeous, wonderful, creative book that is perfect for all readers. Sandy is a little girl in elementary who loves to draw. She imagines terrific creatures and worlds in her head, making them come alive in her dreams, and then she writes them all down so she never forgets. Her teachers don't quite approve of the fact that her head is always in the clouds, and she struggles to fit in. That is, until a new student appears, wanting to be Sandy's friend, and praising her art. Unfortunately for Sandy, this new friend is actually a wicked ghost after the strong power of her imagination. The ghost captures her, but Sandy uses some of her knowledge from math class to trick the ghost!This is a simple story that could have used a wee bit more development (and parents might want to emphasise that school learning is just as important as creative pursuits), but it's got a lot of important lessons for kids to parse through. Also, the art is just stunning. You can look at this vibrant pages for hours given all their details and just the sheer creative force behind them. I will definitely be pushing this book into the hands of my friends who are parents!

  • Eva
    2019-02-27 22:22

    An imaginative story about Sandy, a little girl who loves to draw. Everywhere she goes she draws the most wonderful creatures. She sees them all around. Reality and fantasy are inseparable. It's not always clear if she's imagining things, not to the reader, but also not to herself. And then she meets Morfie, a girl with dark side...The artwork is incredibly beautiful. I can't stop going through the pages. I am not sure if this is a childrens book or not, but I think It can be read by children. Because of the dark turn in the story I would say for children of 8 or 9 years old and up. Although the artwork is incredible, the storyline is a bit lacking. As is the sudden ending. There could have been more in It. Still, because It's so beautiful, 4 stars. I hope to see a lot more by Lorena Alvarez. And maybe some translated in Dutch. My 9 year old daughter loves Nightlights but can't read english yet.

  • Ben
    2019-03-26 23:24

    A painfully adorable little book that made me squee more than I am comfortable with. I want every page framed and on my wall. The characters have a gorgeous, wide-eyed Pixar quality to them and the colours are dazzling. The composition and use of white space is phenomenal and really helps to make the story flow and I have spent a lot of time mesmerised by the pages. I would have liked the story to be a little longer and a bit more fleshed out but the themes of creativity and insecurity that run through are handled well. It is a very very lovely book and I like it a lot.

  • Megan
    2019-03-12 02:04

    Absolutely beautiful art, with such detail in every panel and page. The illustrations remind me of films from Cartoon Saloon (Irish filmmaking studio that produced The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea). And Sandy's drawing of her interpretation of the universe during one of her teachers lessons on atoms was equally as beautiful and meaningful as the rest of Lorena Alvarez's illustrations. And I also appreciate the pi pronunciation guide at the bottom of the page for younger readers!

  • Hannah
    2019-03-05 21:14

    Nightlights is a stunning, richly-detailed ode to the power of creativity to triumph over loneliness and self-doubt. With gorgeous illustrations that evoke the fantastic imagination of Miyazaki, Gomez builds an enchanting story full of sylphs, school troubles, and one adorable, pigtailed heroine. LOVE!

  • Angela
    2019-03-07 00:15

    It is scary, and you have to be a close reader to "get" it. But it is very good.She defeats the "art vampire" an old way - by tricking it into counting something infinite. The old stories used grains of rice or sand. This story finds a new way.The art is gorgeous.

  • Erin Kelly
    2019-03-11 02:17

    Loved it. Loved the illustrations. So expressive.

  • Cameron Chaney
    2019-02-28 00:18

    This was beautiful! Nightlights is a short children's graphic novel with some of the brightest, most colorful images I've seen. It is truly stunning... but don't let those pretty illustrations fool you. Because just underneath is a very dark, spooky story. It took me off guard and I love when books do that. Recommended!

  • Les McFarlane
    2019-03-18 03:06

    It was the beautiful colours that caught my eye with this book. Its style of drawing (Manga-ish?) is not something I would usually choose but I found the beauty of the colours and the unusual creatures as I flicked through the pages, irresistible! However, when I started to read I discovered that this was no sweet and innocent comic book! It had a dark side that was deep and nightmarish.Sandy attends a convent school and the story starts with her mother questioning Sandy about having done her homework and shined her shoes for school the following day. this is followed by two amazing double spread pages depicting Sandy's dreams. Two fantastic pieces of art that deserve time to be poured (sp?) over. The story then takes a darker more nightmarish tone. Sandy meets a new girl who says her name is Morfie, None of the other girls know who Sandy is talking about and start to tease her about Morfie being the ghost of a girl who drowned in the school fountain. Sandy next sees Morfie in her dreams. Sandy can usually , she says, capture the nightlights and turn them into things from her imagination. She then draws them so that they can stay with her for ever. When she tries to show Morfie how she does it her dreams start to become nightmares. This is where the tale becomes darker.It seems to be that Sandy lives a life that has lots of limits and constraints. Her conscientious parents see that she is studious, tidy and organised. Her school life is strictly governed by the nuns. Drawing seems Sandy's outlet for her imagination and seems to show us her free spirited side. Further along in the story when Morfie entices Sandy from her house seems to be bordering on the dangerously dark ( and for me, only just clings by its finger nails to being a children's book) Morfie swallows Sandy's imaginings from the pages.I'm sure with further readings and chances to study the pictures in greater depth I will see more of what Alvarez tries to do within this tale.I'm not sure I would say I loved the book, it disturbed me at some points, which is not a bad thing. I like being challenged and made to think and re think by the books I choose. I do think it is a beautiful book. The illustrations are truly wonderful and the way the protagonist is viewed, sometimes from above or framed from some quirky angle, really is effective and has your brain questioning what your eye is seeing.To sum up....weird and wonderful!

  • Erica Hatch
    2019-03-26 19:59

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

  • Sunny
    2019-03-08 00:03

    Wow! I loooved this colorful & imaginative comic. The art is super gorgeous and the story kept me flipping the pages quickly despite my urge to slow down and drink in the drawings. It's a large format book and the full color, full bleed spreads made me gasp. The artwork does wonders with perspective, space, and color. Sandy's creativity, her insecurities, and the buttoned up nature of the world around her pales next to the vibrant and colorful inner world. Her new friend Morfie seems like a gift - Morfie praises her drawings and wants to spend time with her. Sandy has to ignore her insecurities and trust the growing doubt she has about Morfie. Spoilers and CW: emotional grooming for abuseUpon further reflection, I realized that this story gives an example of behaviour to avoid from people in their lives who are grooming them for abuse. Morfie, the new friend, seems too good to be true. She *notices* Sandy and *praises* her creative drawings. Morfie doesn't notice anyone else the way she notices Sandy. What starts as effusive praise soon turns into demands that Sandy draw for her. Then Morfie lures Sandy away from the safety of her house to isolate her in the dark and demand that Sandy draw forever. This story feels disturbingly familiar because it happens all the time. Children and adults should be aware of patterns of behavior that might signal abuse. The book gets this point across really well with the girl/ghostmonster friendship metaphor. It's not really a picture book. I think it would work better for older elementary school/middle school kids and up.