The characters of this beautiful and alluring children’s book are the narrator, a little girl, and her mama and papa. She lives deep in a holler in the mountains. Her father tells her that every day in the summer there is a night show, and she enjoys sitting still long enough to enjoy all the night sounds and sights in her holler. She has never seen a sunset because the sun goes down beneath the mountains that close in the holler long before the colors show. So she begs her papa to take her to the top of the mountain to see the grandest night show. The three of them walk to the top of the mountain, set up camp, and the sunset does, indeed, turn out to be the grandest night show she has ever seen. “Gail Funsten's amazing illustrations, with their light and dreamy feel, draw us into her special book, The Grandest Night Show. The story and the illustrations work together to convey the soul of the Appalachian Mountains and the love of a place, of a family, and a way of life. Both simple and profound, this book can be enjoyed by all ages.” - Rita Whitney. “Drawing from her own childhood, Gail Funsten invites her readers to a quiet summer evening in Appalachia. Slow your pace and join this family in the awe and wonder to be found in taking your time and following lights and paths together. A heartwarming story for all.” - Elizabeth Dark. The author/illustrator, Gail McCoy-Hager Funsten, is the sixth of fourteen children born in Matewan, West Virginia, and raised on Blackberry Creek in Pike County, Kentucky. She is a retired schoolteacher.
Mount Vernon, Ohio: Jewel Bug Publishing, 2019. 40 unnumbered pages with a Glossary and illustrated throughout by the author. Trade paperback and hardback.