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Sophie goes to a light show and helps a lightning bug performer in this twenty-first sweet book in The Adventures of Sophie Mouse!

The traveling Lightning Bug Troupe is visiting Silverlake Forest, and Sophie can’t wait to attend their light show for the first time. She even befriends a lightning bug named Rory. But Rory has a problem that’s stopping him from performing with his troupe. Can Sophie help him take the stage?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Sophie Mouse chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!


Chapter 1   New Show in Town


  Sophie Mouse rolled over in bed. Her dandelion-puff blanket had shifted overnight from a breeze that swept through the open window. The sweet scent of dewy trees wafted in.

  The birds chirped their morning songs and then came new sounds: a cracking of twigs and rustling of leaves.


  The sounds kept growing louder and louder. Sophie pulled her blanket over her head.

  What was making those sounds?

  Whatever it was, now it sounded close, like it was right outside Sophie’s window in the big old oak tree.

  Sophie sat up and rubbed her eyes. She pulled her window curtains apart and looked out.



  Rolling past her house was a big yellow wagon. Right behind it was another. And another!

  Sophie blinked three times. She had never seen such big wagons before. Could she be dreaming?

  Sophie climbed down from her bed. Still just half awake, she felt around in her closet. She grabbed her robe and put it on. Then she stumbled down the stairs and through the kitchen. She threw open the front door.

  The forest was peaceful and still.

  Sophie ran down the front path. She peered down the forest trail. The wagons were just… gone!

  “Good morning, Sophie.” Sophie’s dad appeared at the front door. Her little brother, Winston, followed close behind.

  “Dad!” Sophie exclaimed. “I saw wagons rolling past our house!”

  Winston ran outside to join her. “Where?” he cried.

  Sophie shook her head. “They’re gone now,” she replied. “But I saw them. Honest!”


  “Wagons, you say?” said George Mouse. His eyes twinkled, and his whiskers twitched.

  Sophie and Winston followed their dad back inside the house. “Dad, what is it?” Sophie said. “What do you know?”


  George Mouse sat down at the table. “Those wagons mean the Lightning Bugs have arrived!”

  Sophie’s ears perked up. “Lightning Bugs?” she said. “Like, fireflies?”

  “A very special troupe of fireflies,” Mr. Mouse explained. “They go from town to town as traveling performers. They put on an amazing light show! Here, I’ll show you.”

  He pulled out a scrapbook from the bookshelf and flipped through it. He stopped on a page with a ticket stub pasted on it.


  “This is from the very first Lightning Bug show I saw,” Mr. Mouse told them. “I was about your age, Sophie.” Then he laughed. “I wore a headlamp for weeks afterward, because I wanted to glow just like a lightning bug.”


  Sophie studied the ticket stub. A light show at night! It sounded magical.

  “Well,” Winston said, “if the Lightning Bugs are here, that means they’ll be performing here. Right, Dad?”

  Sophie gasped. “Oh, can we go, Dad?” she pleaded. “Please?”



About The Author

Poppy Green can talk to animals! Unfortunately, they never talk back to her. So she started writing in order to imagine what they might say and do when humans aren’t watching. Poppy lives on the edge of the woods in Connecticut, where her backyard is often a playground for all kinds of wildlife: birds, rabbits, squirrels, voles, skunks, deer, and the occasional wild turkey.

About The Illustrator

Jennifer A. Bell is an illustrator whose work can be found in greeting cards, magazines, and more than forty children’s books. She studied fine art at the Columbus College of Art and Design and spent many years designing seasonal giftware and greeting cards before becoming a children’s book illustrator. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (September 4, 2024)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665953054
  • Ages: 5 - 9

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