Title: Nature’s Light Spectacular
Author: Katy Flint
Illustrator: Cornelia Li
This non-fiction glow-in-the-dark book contains twelve of the Earth’s most spectacular natural marvels across the world. From double rainbows, to volcanic lightning, glowworm caves and meteor showers. In each double page spread, a young child and their dog are visiting a different natural phenomenon. The pages all contain fact boxes and many also have very useful “What is happening” boxes which explain the science behind the natural wonder.
Cornelia’s illustrations, from front cover to back cover, are simply out-of-this-world stunning. Katy has found just the right balance of facts, science and trivia for each page to allow Cornelia’s illustrations to shine. I particularly like the “What is happening” boxes like on the double rainbow spread.
My favourite spread, is the glowworm caves in New Zealand – because I’ve been there, and it is exactly how Cornelia has depicted it. My husband and I went travelling around New Zealand and the only part of our trip we didn’t get a good photograph of was inside the Waitomo glowworm caves and honestly, seeing Cornelia’s incredible illustration was such a special moment for me.
I also have to mention the book is a poster at the back of the book, showing the stages of a solar eclipse which glows in the dark!
So many things set this book apart from other non-fiction books on the natural phenomena of the world. Spotting the little child and their dog on each page adds to the wonder of this book. The choices of the natural wonders are fantastic and varied so each page is exciting and new. I was lucky enough to read an early release digital copy of this book, but I quickly decided to pre-order a hard copy! This is a book that you want to have on your shelf and spend time marvelling over with your family.
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
Publication date: 5 May 2020
I am very grateful to the publisher for letting me read this book via Net Galley. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.