Tiny Tales: Firefly Night

HarperAlley. (I Can Read ­Comics Level 3). May 2024. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780063289628.
PreS-Gr 2–As the sun sets in the forest, Firefly’s bioluminescence burns bright and so does his enthusiasm to share the wonders of nighttime life. With drooping eye stalks, Snail, Rolly, and the rest of their creepy-crawly cohort sleepily embark on a quest with Firefly to see the moonflower bloom. Ever the nocturnal hype man, Firefly eagerly tells his day-dwelling friends all about the unfamiliar—and sometimes frightening—sounds of the darkness. The group of gastropods and insects play a silly game of shadow puppets and find the croaks and chirps of the night soothing after Firefly’s reassurances. So soothing, in fact, that sleep threatens to set in. Will they keep their peepers open long enough to see the moonflower bloom? Perhaps it was more about the adventure along the way. This third installment in Waldo’s “Tiny Tales” early comic series will encourage emerging readers to notice the marvelous in the everyday—with a big dose of humor to boot.
VERDICT A tiny tale that teaches a big lesson: often the journey has more value than the destination.

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