The Little Lamp

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2022
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Author Biography

Dave Dellecese is a writer and author of children's books, graphic novels, comics, and more.

He is the co-creator and writer of the all-ages graphic novel series Lacey & Lily from Darby Pop Publishing, detailing the adventures of a middle-schooler and her dog turned superheroes.

Other comic book credits include co-creating, writing the comic series Holidaze, the adult comedy about the after-hours lives of mythical icons when they're off the clock and hanging at their favorite watering hole. Dave has also contributed to the pages of Ink Puddle Press' comedy series The Devil and Mr Gandhi and his prose has been published by AHOY Comics as an extra feature in their acclaimed series, Black's Myth.

His book Frank the Barber, a historical fiction tale set on Christmas Eve 1943 in the city of Utica, New York combines Dave's love of the yuletide season with his appreciation of 1940s American history and popular culture.

A father of three, Dave is the author of the children’s picture book The Little Lamp about a small table lamp dealing with change and the re-discovery of purpose after being tossed to the curb with the trash.

A former journalist and news anchor, he has written for newspapers and broadcast, contributed to What to Expect, the companion website to the best-selling parenthood series What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and appeared on The Weather Channel and The Today Show.

​He currently lives in Central New York with his wife, kids, and cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite

The Little Lamp written by Dave Dellecese and illustrated by Ada Konewki is an adorable picture book told in rhyme about being wanted even when it seems you are past your time for being loved. The story begins with a little lamp glowing brightly on the desk of a married couple, sure of his purpose and belonging in the home. His confidence continues as a baby joins the family and years pass by, but begins to wane when the parents buy a sleek new lamp for the bedroom. Despite giving his best, the old lamp is slowly relegated to the garbage. As he wonders if he has moved beyond love, a surprising turn of events helps him perceive that the right person can still see his value and purpose.

The Little Lamp by Dave Dellecese tells a positive and delightful story for anyone who has ever felt second best! Even as an adult, I felt warmth in remembering the people who love me while reading this book. Ada Konewki’s illustrations are vivid and comforting, bringing lots of emotion into a story centered around a lamp. I would list this book for grades kindergarten through third for solo readers as it contains a few challenging words like “obsolete” introduced around familiar language. This is also a great story time or group reading time book, with big images to show the crowd. Even if you don’t have little ones in your life, read this to remind yourself that you are loved, and then pass it on to another adult who needs to remember that truth!