Books by Robert Nutt

AMY’S LIGHT by Robert Nutt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

In Nutt's debut, a magical encounter with fireflies helps a young girl overcome her fear of nighttime shadows. When Amy notices the glow outside her shadowy bedroom, she goes on a nighttime foray armed with a jar. Her childish enthusiasm and excitement are palpable as she collects the fireflies, the jar lighting the way back to her room. But, "With her eyes on the jar, / from the base to the rim, / she was suddenly saddened, / for the light had gone dim." Unscrewing the cover for a closer look frees the fireflies, and they regain their glow. And with their light outside, Amy is finally able to relax and sleep. While the rhythms and rhymes of the verses work for the most part, the word choices sometimes seem a little forced and out-of-place. The illustrations blend the realism of photographs with the softer look of paint, creating a whole that is warm and shows depth and texture. His artwork excels at portraying the contrast between shadow and light, with the light sources positively glowing. Sweet, with lovely artwork. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >