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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Nour loves the luminous glow she was born with, but it’s only when it starts to dim that she discovers the true power of her brilliant light.

Nour has a superpower: she glows. Her light shines so bright, she feels like a star in the night sky. But when kids at school notice her glow, they’re not impressed. If she had a real superpower, they say, she could fly or turn invisi
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Annick Press
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La Coccinelle
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, children, arc
On the surface, this is a story about a little girl who literally glows... until her confidence is shaken by the unkind words of others. Really, though, it's not about a kid who glows like a superhero; it's the story of someone learning to rediscover a valuable part of themselves.

The story is simple, but written well. The illustrations are the real star here, though. Heavy on turquoise and gold, the scenes with Nour practically glow. The whole book is pleasant to look at. I appreciate the divers
Amy Layton
BEAUTIFUL.  When Nour goes to school and realizes that others think her glowing powers are weird, she struggles with coming to terms with the way that she was born.  But as she works through it, she finds a small but very important reason to be proud of herself and her glowing skin.  With incredible illustrations and a fantastic perspective on light and perspective, Superlumineuse makes for one of the most interesting and beautiful books I've read in a very long time.  It's perfect for helping c ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This appears to be a story about a little girl that glows and shines. She is happy with her glow and refers to it as her superpower. When the kids at school start to question her glow and inform her that it is nothing special, she begins to dim until her glow all but disappears. Of course this is a euphemism for any skill, characteristic or individual gift that a person may have that is belittled by others. It takes courage to ignore the comments of others and let yourself shine. I really like t ...more
Alicia Bayer
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully illustrated book with an equally beautiful theme. A little girl glows and loves her glow until she starts to doubt herself and decides to hide it. She ultimately learns to not only embrace her beautiful gift but share it with others. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous, the little girl is lovely inside and out, and the message is wonderful. Highly recommended.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
"Nour was born luminous.
She glows.
She sparkles.
As though a little sun was
shining right inside of her."

Some of the kids at school don't respect her ability to glow. Some even cut it down. Her ability to glow comforts her little sister at night, though, and the next day, Nour learns that her glow can be shared with others.

This was super cute.
Deb in UT
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-alena
I like the illustrations. I like the message. It's a little overly obvious, so it feels slightly preachy, but it works. I would like to read more by this author/illustrator. ...more
Calvin Read
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Don't ever fucking dim your shine, share it with the entire world ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020, arc
*received for free from netgalley for honest review* This was a really cute book! I really love the art style too, too cute!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Superluminous by Ian De Haes. PICTURE BOOK. Annick Press, March 2020. $19. 9781773213804



Nour was born with a glowing light within her. She skips and sings through her day. When school starts, however, the other children have harsh words about Nour and her light. Nour feels sad and does what she can to hide her light, until one late night her little sister needs her.

DeHaes’s illustrations are luminous and expressive. The story is almost
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a book that has a charming cover and an interesting name, which may be hard for some younger readers to pronounce or understand without an adult to explain it.

The actual story is tender and sweet while exploring the concept of a little introverted girl who was born different as any other child but in a way that was quite recognizable. When she was alone she had emotions that set her apart but she was also able to embrace her powers. But that would all change when she finally went to sc
Jozef Syndicate
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Nour is luminous.
How beautiful a first line is that? It's quite beautiful in Ian de Haes' children's book, "Superluminous."
Not only is Nour luminous, she also glows and sparkles. Without effort, she illuminates dark places and glows in the light until the first day of school where she leaves feeling like an old lightbulb. Although, she had hoped to be more like a superhero.

"For the rest of the week, Nour wears thick heavy clothes that don't let her light get through." Haes writes. She makes he
I received a copy of the book from Annick Press in exchange for an honest review.

Superluminous is a story about Nour, a young girl who was born shining brightly. When she starts school, she is excited to share her superpower with her new classmates but all their probing questions makes her doubt whether her glow is actually that special after all. She decided that perhaps it is better to hide it but on a dark night, she finds that perhaps her light is exactly what this world - and her young sist
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
While reading, older readers and adults will be able to see how Nour’s glowing could be a metaphor for her sharing something uplifting with the world. I think it could be her warmth towards others or her joy and charm. Younger kids may understand it literally and believe it is about a glowing girl who discovers her superpower. Either way, the bright illustrations with the small details are a delight to the eyes and the ultimate message is positive. The scenes when Nour feels picked upon, unsure, ...more
Amber Webb
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
What makes someone a super hero? Is is power? Strength? Or simply a special gift that we can freely give to others? Nour was born with a bright, beautiful light and she loves her special gift. Then it's time to start school and sadly, her classmates do not feel the same. Nour begins to feed sadness and even shame and she begins to hide her light. The light nearly goes completely out until her sister needs her. Only then does she realize what a powerful gift she has and needs to share it with oth ...more
Krissy Neddo
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Be the light. The warmly colored illustrations are detailed and softly muted so it might be best to share this book through document camera/ebook($15) for a group share or 1-1 with a caregiver. Mom is presented as blond and white. Dad is brown skinned. Children are brown skinned with curly dark hair. Metaphor might be best appreciated by readers a bit older than the main character which lends it to a teacher read aloud K-5. Teachers looking for SEL will love this one- What makes you special? ...more
Annamarie Carlson (she, her)
Nour literally glows. Its her special superpower. She has always glowed, and she has always loved her glow--until the kids at school tell her that her glow isn't a real superpower. It's weird. Nour believes them. As she grows sadder, her glow begins to fade until she finds a reason to share her light with the world again.

A good, layered story about identity, loving yourself, and sharing your joy with the world. Works well as a read-aloud between a child and caregiver with plenty of time to talk
Shauna Morrison
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I requested and received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley and Annick Press Ltd. in exchange for an honest review.

In this book Nour (which means light in Arabic - learned something new) has a special glow; when she starts going to school her classmates point out that her glow isn't that special and Nour starts to believe them. This is a beautiful book teaching kids to believe in themselves and to not let others hurtful comments bring you down.

#Superluminous #NetGalley
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the gorgeous pictures in this book. They were so bright and detailed. They really flowed with the story and made it come alive. The text flowed well and wasn't too much for little readers to listen to. The story about finding what makes you special and trying to good for others was well told. I recommend this book.
Rune Oflynne
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. The illustrations are great as well as the story. Sometimes people do not know how special the light inside of them is. Nour is luminous. She shines so brightly and feels incredibly special. The story follows Nour from before school to the first day of school. It explores how different is not always a bad thing especially when we share the light inside of us.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book and the illustrations. Nour story was beautiful and well told. It taught a lesson to young kids to love themselves and how to be kind. I would recommend this book to all my little cousins.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer I received a copy as an ARC via NetGalley.

This book and its metaphor is super cute. Being different is hard for kids when faced with people who don't value the difference. Having adults and others who value the differences and support them is so important.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet story about accepting who you are and sharing love and friendship with others. This was a wonderful story about Nour. She lights up from within and shines wherever she goes. She considers it her superpower until she goes to school and mean comments make her doubt her superpower. She tries to hide it until it’s barely showing at all. One night, her baby sister cries out and is scared of the dark. Nour goes to comfort her and learns an important lesson about herself and her superpower ...more
DeAnna Thames
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nour has sunshine bursting out her and she lights up the darkest corners. She loves herself and her special sparkle until she goes to school and begins to doubt how special she is. She shares her love and light with her baby sister and realizes she her light is special after all. A beautiful story.
Emma M.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
We all come into this world with something special to share, but sometimes along the way we lose sight of who we are. This book is a great reminder to both kids and adults alike to embrace who we are and share that with the world no matter what. I love Nour and I loved this book!
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
Neha Thakkar
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adorable. Reminds me of Perfectly Norman by Percival and how each of us had our own special something g that makes us us, and can be shared with the world. #Superluminous #NetGalley
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Erin Murphy
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little girl works hard to find her way in the world. After feeling discouraged by classmates, she discovers her exact right place in the world after some soul searching.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A cute story about letting your light shine through and knowing you're special. ...more
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