Thursday, March 28, 2019

Review: Little Bella's Nighttime Wonderland by Joy Fernandez

by Joy Fernandez
Illustrated by Brianna Baker
Belle Isle Books
Picture Book
ages 4 to 7

As Little Bella snuggles down for bed, she looks out her window and can’t believe what she sees! Fireflies illuminate a nighttime wonderland that unfolds right before her eyes.


Each page embraces a realistic wonderland and draws to nighttime dreams.

It's Bella's bedtime, but before she snuggles into her bed for the night, she asks her mother if she can stare out of the window for a few moments. And what a wonderful sight it is! The nighttime displays its beauty as shy creatures peek out and insects begin their songs and play. It's the thing dreams are made of right outside her bedroom.

I love how this book takes the simplicity of nature and shows how wondrous it really can be. Each two-page spread draws into a fairy tale like atmosphere while portraying nothing more than deer, grasshoppers, fireflies and the such. Young readers are sure to discover a new appreciation for the world around them and will even peer out of their windows themselves to catch the world's wonders.

The text is just right for the intended age group and written in gentle rhyme, which flows fine. The illustrations are, for the most part, beautiful and truly capture the magic nighttime can display. It makes for a nice read aloud at bedtime.

And here they are...

The Author...
Joy Fernandez, a realtor and freelance writer, resides in the beautiful countryside outside Fredericksburg, Virginia. There, she and her husband raise three children and many animals, including her favorite pet, Fiona the goat. Joy’s unique love of nature inspired the writing of her first children’s book, Little Bella’s Nighttime Wonderland. Through her work, she hopes to teach small children to appreciate the natural beauty that can be found all around them.

The Illustrator...
Brianna Baker studied Communication Arts & Visual Technology at George Mason University from 2010 to 2013. After graduating early, she immediately started writing and illustrating children’s books. Brianna is happy to be a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. As an illustrator, she aims to create art that inspires imagination, kindness, and empathy.

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