Author: Alison McGhee
Publish Date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Genre: Middle Grade 8-12 years
Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this lush, unforgettable tale in the tradition of Charlotte’s Web and The Rats of NIMH, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Someday.
Firefly doesn’t merely want to fly, she wants to touch the moon. Cricket doesn’t merely want to sing about baseball, he wants to catch. When these two little creatures with big dreams wander out of Firefly Hollow, refusing to listen to their elders, they find themselves face-to-face with the one creature they were always told to stay away from…a giant.
But Peter is a Miniature Giant. They’ve always been told that a Miniature Giant is nothing but a Future Giant, but this one just isn’t quite as big or as scary as the other Giants. Peter has a dream of his own, as well as memories to escape. He is overwhelmed with sadness, and a summer with his new unlikely friends Firefly and Cricket might be just what he needs. Can these friends’ dreams help them overcome the past?
Firefly Hollow is nothing short of enchanting, reminding us all that the very best friend is the one who wants you to achieve your dreams. Full-color tip-in illustrations and dozens of black-and-white drawing provide added glow.
This story is so cute and I think my friends and family are truly tired of hearing me say this! I loved this book so much I sent a copy to my nephews back home. It’s the perfect story for night time reading, I suggested my brother read them a chapter a night.
Why I love it: The cover is what initially drew my attention, when I opened the book, I saw the illustrations and I knew I had to own it. After reading the inside cover I was running to the cashier to make my purchase. The story itself is just so darn cute. Firefly lives in the Firefly Nation with Elder and the other fireflies. Suddenly her Air Safety classes are just not enough for her and she decided to leave. When she meets Cricket and Vole, they become great friends and they begin to dream big. Cricket wants to play baseball and be the first cricket catcher, Firefly wants to touch the moon and Vole wants to sail in his boat. Peter, the miniature giant, is having a hard time and as it turns out, Firefly and Cricket are just what he needs to make it though.
Who Should Read it? Gosh, I really think every young kid should read this book. But more importantly this is the perfect book for any child going though the loss of someone special. Firefly’s Elder, the firefly who raised her passes away. They don’t really dwell on it, there isn’t a funeral or anything but it is the reason Firefly leaves Firefly Hollow and meets Cricket. The character Peter is also grieving the loss of his friend, again the author doesn’t really talk about what happened, just that he passed away and Peter is sad. Together Peter and Firefly grieve and become great friends. Other that the mentions of death, this story is really for any kid who loves bugs and has a great imagination. The author paints a very vivid picture, so much so I was imagining the bugs in my backyard attending Blinking Class and Temperature Class with Firefly and Cricket!
Overall I loved this book and I can’t stop talking about it, I can’t wait for my nephews to read it so we can talk about the lives of bugs!
Check out these beautiful illustraions!