From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—Using enhanced photographs of his daughter enacting the story line, Nutt tells of a girl named Amy who becomes scared of the dark until she sneaks outside to capture some fireflies in a jar. Their light dims in captivity; no longer afraid but fearful for their safety, she sets them free. Alongside each spread of beautifully rendered photo-illustrations are four lines of insipid and predictable verse. With such lines as "Jumping for joy,/Amy watched with delight,/as they flickered and flickered/and flew out of sight," the narrative becomes secondary to the visuals. While this is ostensibly a book about the wonders of nature, the technology that created the images takes center stage. This jarring contradiction is reinforced by an announcement on the cover that there is a Flash video download available of the story.—Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC
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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. . . . 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. . . . 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. --Kirkus Reviews (April 2010)