Score: 88/100 (8.8 out of 10)
"The Greatest Light" is a beautiful, positive book for parents to read to their children every night. It is the product of two childhood sweethearts, friends since 5th grade, Tim & Cindy Morrison. We can't state enough how much this book touched our hearts in fewer than 60 pages. It has a powerful message that children and adults can learn from (or be reminded of).
While the illustrations leave something to be desired (being simple and mostly absent of color), they accomplish what the authors set out to accomplish by facilitating the message. After all, light and color are themes of this book. Darkness seems to be portrayed by a dark blue or absence of color while light is portrayed as a bright yellow. These watercolors and lines really appeal to us as they come across as hand-drawn and genuine. Nothing bothers us more about modern art and animation than the cell-shading and 3D-rendering of characters. There was something raw and real about characters and actions being drawn by hand. The problem is that the cell-shading and colorful animation are what sell and seem to appeal to children.
With that said, we personally love this book, its drawings, and its message. In comparing it to other children's illustrated books and other books in general, we just have to be relative and fair in our scoring. This book shines in its own special way like a new “Goodnight Moon” and we hope that it can have just as much if not more success!
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