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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Lily Is... Wide Awake by Brandon Brand is a rhyming story for children. In the book, Lily cannot fall asleep because she keeps hearing and seeing things in the dark. Lily and her parents blame her overactive imagination and fear of the dark on reading too many comic books.
I thought Lily Is... Wide Awake was a cute story. Everyone can relate to Lily because everyone has had trouble falling asleep at least once in their lives due to a brain that will not turn off. I admit I still see things in the dark as an adult that scare me. I read this story with my 4-year-old and she had mixed reactions to it. On one hand she loved how there were so many words that rhymed in the story. The story had a really nice flow to it. Brand definitely has a way with words. On the other hand, it gave her new things to fear at night. I like that the illustrations are very colorful. This makes the monsters in the book a little less scary looking.
The wording in the story may be difficult for some children to read on their own, so I recommend this book for children aged six and up. If you do choose to read this story at bedtime to young children, make sure they are not going to be scared by it. This book is a good reminder to parents what it was like to be a child in a dark room at bedtime.