The Last Firefox is a charming, heart warming and magical book about finding your inner strength. Check out my full thoughts below. Thank you to NetGalley, Puffin Books and Lee Newbery for my early copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Title: The Last Firefox
Author: Lee Newbery
Illustrator: Laura Catalan
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, LGBTQ+
Release Date: 3rd March 2022
I had seen quite a lot of buzz for The Last Firefox prior to picking up my NetGalley copy and I was definitely not disappointed. This book blew me away with its charm, its humour and the absolute warmth and love it oozes from beginning to end. There is so much to love about this story: the wonderful characters, the plot itself, the messages it brings and of course the gorgeous Cadno!
Charlie is a wonderful protagonist. He is nervous, quiet but confident around his two best friends. He loves his Dads and wants nothing more than to make them happy but the idea of being a big brother or going to secondary school fills him with fear. What if he isn’t good enough? Then a Firefox comes into his life and turns it upside down! I adored the relationship between Charlie and Cadno as it built Charlie’s self-belief over the course of their adventure and by the end you could feel Charlie’s new found confidence oozing off the pages. I don’t have children but I know that when I do, this is a book I would definitely give them so that they could find their own fire in the same way that Charlie does!
I absolutely loved the humour in this book and found myself chuckling right from the offset. It is a truly charming novel that will have both adults and children laughing along at all of the mishaps Charlie encounters with Cadno and his friends. It would be remiss of me not to mention how much I adored the natural queer representation in this book. Charlie has two Dads and my favourite thing about this is that it isn’t part of the story. It is simply a fact that Charlie has two Dads and they both love him. Yet another reason I will be giving a copy of this book to my own future children. It also gave really lovely nods to adoption and I think for younger children there are definitely talking points to be had with parents afterwards. As well as this being a truly lovely, magical and captivating novel, I think this is one whose impact will be ongoing for so many families.
The Last Firefox captured my heart and emotions in so many ways. It oozes love and humour as well as providing so many heart warming moments. A truly joyous adventure of finding your inner fire.
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