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BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT ~Brian Barlics, Illustrations by Gregory Burgess Jones

Being afraid of the dark is very scary stuff particularly if you are a bat, who by nature resides in the dark.  For a little bat named Brady this problem is becoming a nightmare and he can no longer sleep.

BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT is a terrific story about a small fear that it becoming larger and larger and producing anxiety.  Pediatrician Brian Barlics decided that he needed to address this issue and help his small patients find relief from this malady.  The illustrations add a cute quality to the story line and because Brady is a bat and not a boy or a girl human, any child can just like the story on its surface merit.    Parents will like the whimsy in the story and are sure to smile.

My seven year old reader and her three year old brother wanted me to know that they do not have a problem with the dark themselves, and they thought it was a fun read and enjoyed the story.  Their father who is a poet thought it was a good read also and the words had good movement and flow.

What I found most amazing was that the basic steps of problem-solving were so clearly practiced by this young critter. Let me define the steps of the process:

1. Identify the problem
Brady knew he was worried about the dark, he liked to play in the light, and the things he could not see were a worry to him.  He knew he could not sleep and that was making him even more uncomfortable.

2. What brings relief to the problem?
We could have a long list here of brainstorming ideas, but Brady already knows that is it light. Being able to see and he has friends that bring him light. He could have chosen Night-vision goggles?

3.    How can he use this relief to resolve the issue?
For Brady this relief helps him see clearly and he uses his ears! He also figures out his friends are willing to join him in the dark cave during normal bat sleep time.

4. Uses Outside Resources and Research
It is very simple for Brady; he just needs to check in with his mom and in this case ask permission.

5. Outcome
Brady gets relief from his fear in order to get some much needed sleep.

Brady trusts himself to figure out how to solve the problem and find a solution meanwhile meeting his basic needs.    In this case, he is very young so he needs some assistance from his friends and mature resources.  You see what I mean?   Delightful storytelling, terrific pictures and problem – solving tools brought to light.    BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT.

Do you use this problem solving tool in your life?

tlc logo The book was provided to me for review by TLC online book tours and Black Rose Publishing. Thank you for the delightful read and connecting me to my young neighbors.  This book has received the Mom’s Choice Award Honoring Excellence – Way to Go! BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT

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5 Responses to “BRADY NEEDS A NIGHTLIGHT ~Brian Barlics, Illustrations by Gregory Burgess Jones”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – We’ve had no internet service since Saturday so I’m stopping by briefly via iPhone to let you know I’ve been here and appreciate this wonderful (as always!) review.


    patricia Reply:

    Laurie – I was worried about you. Thank you for dropping in and letting me know

    Brady needs a nightlight and you all need internet service – here’s power to you!

  2. Brian Barlics, author of Brady Needs a Nightlight, on tour January 2014 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I love that there are useful lessons presented in such an engaging way. Thanks for being on the tour!
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    patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    It was fun to enlist my neighbors good help!