Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night by Kuo, Julia

Luminous: Living Things That Light Up the Night

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In this "surprisingly simple yet mesmerizing introduction to a wonder of the natural world" (Kirkus STARRED ?Review), kids aged 4 to 8 will marvel at the science of bioluminescence through stunning images of glowing creatures and other organisms.

When it's dark out, we need light to see. But what if your body could make its own light?

From acclaimed author-illustrator Julia Kuo comes a remarkable picture book about bioluminescence, the light made from living things, and its many forms: fireflies and foxfire, fungi and glow-worms, deep-sea fish and vampire squids.

Kuo's radiant art portrays a young child and adult discovering different bioluminescent creatures, accompanied by simple lyrical text and informative sidebars that reveal fascinating scientific facts about each of them.

An introduction to an extraordinary natural phenomenon, Luminous shines a light upon how truly wondrous the world is.

Luminous features:


  • Brilliant and unique illustrations: The depiction of vibrant bioluminescent species against an unusual black backdrop creates an unforgettable visual experience for readers.

  • The science of bioluminescence: Shares the real-life magic of bioluminescence with sidebars about the various places and species in which bioluminescence is found.

  • Text can be read on two levels: Kuo's simple and poetic narrative is accompanied by scientific facts about bioluminescence.



Author: Julia Kuo
Publisher: Greystone Kids
Published: 11/22/2022
Pages: 44
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.06lbs
Size: 11.00h x 8.10w x 0.30d
ISBN: 9781771648882
Audience: Ages 4-8


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/15/2022
School Library Journal 09/01/2022 pg. 122
Publishers Weekly 10/24/2022
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2022 pg. 107
Booklist 11/01/2022 pg. 61

About the Author

Julia Kuo is a Taiwanese-American author-illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Science Friday. She's illustrated I Dream of Popo, I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story, and The Sound of Silence, among others. She lives in Seattle, Washington.


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