Early each night the fireflies come out to dance. They twinkle and glow and flash secret messages to each other. Together they make a thousand chandeliers. All except Torchy. When he turns on his light it suddenly becomes as bright as day. Thinking that it's morning, baby birds cry out to be fed and earthworms scramble for cover. Torchy's bright light ruins the fireflies' fun and all the forest animals are angry with him for disturbing their sleep. Torchy goes off to be alone and, in the course of his adventures, discovers that there are all kinds of lights in the world.
A Firefly Named Torchy
By Bernard Waber
Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 1970.
ISBN: 978-0618238552 (hardcover)
5 Stars “Beautiful and Cool. This is probably my favorite childrens' book of all time. The illustrations are so mint, you'll hardly be able to believe it. The best part is when Torchy flies to the city and gets blown away by the crazy mix of lights. I promise you'll love this book.”
Notable Book designation, American Library Association, 1970
Boston Globe-Horn Book honor book for illustration, 1971