Here's the perfect book for someone you know battling depression.
I know, I know. Depressed people can't read much (he said from experience) but this is an intelligent, thoughtful and accurate illustration of the life and death battle with the darkness. Not taxing to read. No deep concentration necessary. No "pull yourself into the sunshine" crap. Just a glimmer of color in the end, which is mostly what you crave when you're stuck in the dark.
If you're looking for the right words to say and there are none - Here's a start. Here's a way to say "I'm paying attention."
— From Jarek
"Scottish author and illustrator Debi Gliori's small but mighty picture book, Night Shift
, is an eye-opening look at depression."--BookPage
"A poignant, empathetic and ultimately hopeful book."--School Library Journal
"By giving depression physical dimension, Gliori diffuses some of its strange, persistent power."--Publishers Weekly
"Debi Gliori has given us all a powerful, and beautiful, gift with Night Shift
."--Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why and Piper, his first graphic novel, which he coauthored
"It's a masterpiece."--David Walliams, bestselling children's author
From beloved author and illustrator Debi Gliori (No Matter What) comes Night Shift, a groundbreaking lushly illustrated picture book based on Gliori's own personal history with depression.
Fighting dragons is one way of fighting depression. This book is another.
Through stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori provides a fascinating and absorbing portrait of depression and hope in Night Shift, a moving picture book about a young girl haunted by dragons. The young girl battles the dragons using 'night skills': skills that give her both the ability to survive inside her own darkness and the knowledge that nothing--not even long, dark nights filled with monsters--will last forever.
Drawn from Gliori's own experiences and struggles with depression, the book concludes with a moving author's note explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope. Gliori hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.
A brave and powerful book, give Night Shift to dragon fighters young and old, and any reader who needs to know they're not alone.