Night Shift by Debi Gliori
Published by Razorbill
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars
From beloved author and illustrator Debi Gliori (No Matter What) comes Night Shift, a groundbreaking lushly illustrated picture book based on Gliori’s own personal history with depression.
Fighting dragons is one way of fighting depression. This book is another.
Through stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori provides a fascinating and absorbing portrait of depression and hope in Night Shift, a moving picture book about a young girl haunted by dragons. The young girl battles the dragons using ‘night skills’: skills that give her both the ability to survive inside her own darkness and the knowledge that nothing–not even long, dark nights filled with monsters–will last forever.
Drawn from Gliori’s own experiences and struggles with depression, the book concludes with a moving author’s note explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope. Gliori hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.
A brave and powerful book, give Night Shift to dragon fighters young and old, and any reader who needs to know they’re not alone.
Praise for Night Shift
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Night Shift for an honest review.
Night Shift is important, moving and encouraging!!!
The images and words are very powerful and relatable to those who suffer with depression. I am speaking from someone who suffers myself with sever depression and anxiety. This book was like peeking into myself and seeing me and knowing what I deal with but yet offering hope and comfort. That can be truly beautiful and healing to a person who needs that understanding, comfort and hope.
The illustrations are both griping and beautiful. I would definitely recommend everyone check out Night Shift and I am rating it 4 out of 5 stars.
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Debi Gliori lives in Scotland. Debi is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award. Debi was the Shetland Islands’ first Children’s Writer-in-Residence. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy Weather, The Scariest Thing of All, What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?, Dragon Loves Penguin and, most recently, Alfie in the Bath and Alfie in the Garden as well as the popular Pure Dead fiction series for older readers.