Flashlightby Lizi Boyd
Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that… See more details below
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Inside a tent it's cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.
Boyd follows Inside Outside (2013) with another wordless picture book, this one about a boy’s nocturnal backyard explorations. Working in gouache, Boyd paints on vast expanses of black, outlining the boy (who could easily be the same one from the previous book) and his surroundings in a muted gray-blue; using a flashlight, he aims a cone of white light high and low, creating pops of color amid the darkness. He finds a lost boot, spots bats overhead and mice underfoot, and notices a porcupine in the crook of a tree, among other discoveries. While the book clearly demonstrates just how much animal activity takes place at night, Boyd’s goals aren’t strictly naturalistic. After the boy drops his flashlight, it’s retrieved by the very animals he found before; one by one, they turn the flashlight’s crisp beam on him, observing him just as he did them. Once again, Boyd showcases a child who is fully capable of educating and entertaining himself with only a few simple tools (a camping tent, a flashlight) at his disposal. Ages 2–6. Agent: Liza Pulitzer-Voges, Eden Street. (Aug.)
This inventive wordless offering. provides plenty of clever details."-The Horn Book"
This elegant book serves to alleviate fear of night noises, instigate talk of nocturnal creatures, or bring calm as a bedtime story."-School Library Journal, starred review"
This book brilliantly illustrates the passing time in myriad delightful ways. Wordless, Avant Après features pairs of images that show varied and unexpected before-and-after scenarios. The illustrations are graphic, clear, and uncluttered in a rich palette. While the its non-linearity invites readers to dip in and leaf through the pages at random, the end of the book triggers the desire to re-read it from the beginning and let time pass as they do.""
Positively breathtaking. nothing short of brilliant. No book more purely beautiful has appeared this year."-The Boston Globe"
Flashlight allows readers to experience the wonder and excitement of nighttime exploration in the woods and wordlessly entices readers to explore the hidden nature outside their own homes."The Busy Librarian"
Children will enjoy repeatedly poring over the many details and creating their own nighttime narratives for this wordless outing."Booklist"
Boyd showcases a child who is fully capable of educating and entertaining himself with only a few simple tools (a camping tent, a flashlight) at his disposal."-Publishers Weekly"
Beneath the sweet, enchanting illustrations...lies a deeper reminder about the wonderland that unfolds when one is simply willing to look."Maria Popova, Brainpickings"
A wordless picture book both soothing and gently humorous."Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
A must-have wordless picture book."Library Media Connection, starred review"
A completely engrossing, wordless story."NPR Best Books of the Year"
A completely engrossing, wordless story."NPR Best Books of 2014
PreS-Gr 1—A wandering boy investigates the night in this wordless picture book. Bold black backgrounds feature outlines in grays, whites, and muted greens of trees, stream, plants, and animals. Each page discloses in full color something formerly hidden via the stream of light from the child's flashlight. Readers discover flags on a treehouse, apples on the ground, and a deer. In a fun twist, when the flashlight drops, various creatures take turns shedding light on the boy. A luna moth flutters on each page, waiting to be discovered. This elegant book serves to alleviate fear of night noises, instigate talk of nocturnal creatures, or bring calm as a bedtime story.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
A wordless picture book both soothing and gently humorous.The cover displays the template that will appear throughout: black pages with stylized, silvery, moonlit flora and fauna, except where the flashlight's glow shows the colors of objects as they appear in full-spectrum light. That triangular beam will reveal such things as a beaver in a pond, bats in the sky, mice munching on apples and a set of colorful Tibetan prayer flags suspended between two woodland trees. Although rendered in gouache, the art resembles a scratch painting, with myriad tiny plants and animals inscribed into the black background, starting with captivating endpapers. On the title page, an androgynous child in a tent lies propped on elbows, reading a book by flashlight. Because there is no text, the sets of double-page spreads that follow initially leave room for interpretation as to whether one child or two are next seen happily perusing the night woods, flashlight in hand. No matter; the important elements are the amazing details in the art, the funny twist at the end and the ability of the author-illustrator to create a dark night world utterly devoid of threat.Contemplative children will spend hours on each page, noticing such subtleties as reappearing animals and the slowly rising moon over the course of one night in the forest. (Picture book. 3-6)
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- 9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 6 Years
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