Review: Nightlights and Hicotea by Lorena Alvarez Gomez

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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 talent soon turns into something far more sinister.

I’m not entirely sure if this is a children’s book or a graphic novel, but on reflection I think this probably is aimed at children, and but has a magical, whimsical tone to it similar to Neil Gaiman stories that makes it feel applicable to a range of audiences.

The story was slightly strange but had absolutely stunning drawings and I loved seeing the characters come to life throughout. Our main character, Sandy, draws characters that seem to come to life around her. Although I’m a bit unsure, I think this story is a representation of Sandy’s imagination, and the second book is another story, another day. The mixture of whimsical, magical fantasy with the real world could be a bit confusing, but was really beautifully illustrated.

My favourite part of the story was definitely the artwork, which is just stunning and has a delightful colour scheme. I feel like this is the kind of series you’ll take from it what you want, and will be different for every reader, which I liked.

I feel like this is one I’ll keep with me and read throughout my life, and I can see the meaning changing every time I read it!

★★★★
4 out of 5 stars

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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