Book review: Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights, by W.H. Beck

Beck, W.H. Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016. $17.99. ISBN 9780544416666. Unp. Ages 3-12. P7 Q7

beck-glowGlow is a visually striking collection of images. Each featured organism has an element of bioluminescence. Each photo is set on a black page with bright white lettering. The story is quite brief; but, the author includes descriptions of each organism and why they glow which fleshes out the minimal narration. Instead of adding further information on the subjects within the main pages, the author attaches renderings of each organism along with their size and locale at the back of the book. Glow is a successfully visual  introduction to the world of bioluminescence for young readers. Even those who aren’t particularly interested in biology will enjoy learning about these strange creatures and why they glow.

September 2016 review by Lillian Curanzy.


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