Inside Out

( 2 )
$13.12 price
(Save 17%)$15.95 List Price
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (19) from $1.99   
  • New (4) from $4.49   
  • Used (15) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Karly plays with her special friend, Natasha, pretending to "jump on clouds and walk on the moon." They bounce and roll and do most everything together. One afternoon, Karly's mother serves tea and cookies for Karly but not for Natasha, because her mother says she cannot see Natasha. Natasha is, in fact, invisible. When Karly asks Natasha why she is the only one who can see her, Natasha explains that she is a spirit, "the most important part of you." Natasha's role in life is to remind Karly who she is on the inside, a "beautiful, shiny spirit made of love and light." Karly promises to remember who she is and Natasha leaves. Gradually, as time passes, Karly eventually finds it harder and harder to get along at school. That's when Natasha appears once more to remind Karly who she is and to remember to "live inside out." To do that Karly turns her socks inside out. That way she'll always remember her spirit. The sweet story is matched with paintings that capture the light and the spirit of our inner lives. 2003, Illumination Arts Publishing Co, Ages 4 to 8.
—Valerie O. Patterson
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970190758
  • Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Illumination Arts has another winner!

    Illumination Arts¿ latest release, Inside Out, is the story of a girl named Karly and her special invisible friend, Natasha. After reading this book with your child, you will always see an invisible friend as something very special¿their spirit. You will learn the true meaning of the phrase that mothers everywhere tell their children, 'It¿s what¿s on the inside that counts.' ........... Karly and Natasha were best friends and they played with great abandon. They laughed, romped, jumped, ran, and just in general enjoyed life together. Since no one else could see her best friend, Karly was a bit puzzled, and she questioned Natasha, 'Why can¿t my mom see you?' ........... 'I¿m a spirit, silly¿kind of like an angel without wings,' Natasha replied. ............. Karly and Natasha filled their days with wonder and joy and were truly happy as they played together. Natasha, who was very wise about these things, told Karly to always remember this feeling because it came from Karly¿s heart where her own shiny spirit lived. .......... Then, as always happens, the day came for Natasha to go back to the stars. 'Always remember who you are¿a beautiful, shiny spirit made of love and light,' Natasha had advised. 'Your spirit helps you love yourself and everyone around you,' she continued, 'but it¿s easy to be distracted by the outside world and forget who you really are.' Karly promised to always remember the things she had learned from Natasha about herself. She promised to never forget. .............. But, as the days and weeks passed, Karly did forget her spirit friend. Because she forgot, Karly lost the very best part of herself. She forgot who she really was! She grew very quiet and found it difficult to make friends. No one could see the real Karly! ........... Slowly, as her heart saddened, all the magic that had once filled her life was gone. Then, at her saddest moment, Natasha suddenly appeared. Karly was overjoyed, and Natasha helped her realize that by forgetting her special friend she had forgotten her own spirit too. Karly vowed never to forget again and devised the perfect way to help her remember. Since her spirit lived inside her heart, she would live inside out so that it would always shine through. That way everyone would see the real Karly! ............. How did Karly remember to live inside out? I¿ll give you a clue¿it had to do with her socks, and it will work for you too. .......... ***** This is a wonderful story, and it is beautifully illustrated with bright colors and pictures that swirl over each page. A child¿s imagination can jump into the wind as it spins the leaves upward, or soar through the stars with Karly and Natasha as they play together. What a special way to learn one of life¿s most valuable lessons ¿ each child is a special spirit filled with goodness, and life is best when lived inside out. *****

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    Clever Storytelling and Beautiful Bright Pictures

    All too often we find our children losing their ability to be true to themselves and be their own person. This leads to many people later in life trying to 'find themselves' because they are confused and do not feel like they know what they really want. This book is a powerful tool that will teach children to look inside for their answers. It teaches opening the heart and trusting oneself, which will allow children the oppurtunity to develop the skill of being true to oneself. Karly, the main character, is a young girl who is shown that we all have a spirit inside of us that will guide us and help us be truly happy as long as we let it come from the 'Inside Out'. With clever storytelling and big beautiful bright pictures 'Inside Out' is a must have for any parent that wants to give their child tools in life that will help them reach their full potential.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)