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What is happening outside today? Peek through the window to find out. What is happening inside? Peek again! Whimsical die-cuts throughout lead to charming and surprising reveals with every turn of the page. Filled with fun details (can you find the two mice playing throughout?), this deceptively simple book is one readers will visit again and again.

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What is happening outside today? Peek through the window to find out. What is happening inside? Peek again! Whimsical die-cuts throughout lead to charming and surprising reveals with every turn of the page. Filled with fun details (can you find the two mice playing throughout?), this deceptively simple book is one readers will visit again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Tom Lichtenheld
Like the best wordless picture books, Inside Outside exercises a child's natural ability to decipher visuals; it's rich with implied associations, tertiary stories and small details to be unearthed. The book, like nature, reveals more with each study, and just as the boy doesn't have to go beyond his own backyard to be enchanted, you don't have to go beyond Inside Outside to discover how much a picture book can do.
Publishers Weekly
Boyd’s (I Love Grandma) wordless book features die-cut windows that readers can use to peer at small details on adjacent pages. The story’s greatest charm is in its portrait of a boy who lives alone and is constantly (yet tranquilly) busy. Clean gouache images painted on brown paper give the spreads a homemade feel. The opening scene shows the boy inside, busy at his table, preparing to start seeds in pots. Through the die-cut holes, snowmen the boy has built can be seen outside. The next spread is set outdoors; the boy plays in the snow, while a picture of a snowman that the boy has drawn is visible inside the house. Interior and exterior views alternate as the boy’s seeds sprout, and he finds a turtle in the spring rain. He gardens, makes sailboats, sails them in a little pool, then draws pictures of them, too. He’s full of ideas about new things to do, his animals and plants flourish, and the overall feeling is one of pervasive contentment. Many small incidents will sustain interest through multiple readings. Ages 3–5. Agent: Liza Pulitzer-Voges, Eden Street. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"A celebration of imagination and creativity... a book to return to again and again, with new discoveries to be made with each rereading." - Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

" A work of art." - Pink Me

"With peek-a-boo images, sweet illustrations, and noticeable attention to detail, Inside Outside will persuade the reader to open it's pages season after season."-Sturdy for Common Things

"This lovely concept book succeeds on multiple levels."-School Library Journal, starred review

"This is a book readers/viewers will return to again and again" - Reading Today

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This wordless book follows a boy through the seasons as he plays with his pets and finds fun things to do both inside and outside. Each page features several die cuts; the inside pages offer glimpses from the windows of the outdoor world, the outside pages offer peeks in. Frequently the glimpses inside turn out to be pictures the boy has drawn of the day's adventures. The gouache illustrations are chock-full of homey details that children will enjoy poring over. The cat is snoozing in a mixing bowl, the dog is sipping from a watering can, small birds are cavorting in rain puddles. Each of the inside pages offers the opportunity to search for two little white mice sharing in the activities. Perused independently or shared one-on-one, this lovely concept book succeeds on multiple levels.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
In this wordless picture book, youngsters follow a boy through the seasons and see how the natural world influences his indoor projects and outdoor activities. The ease with which he moves between the two spaces--inside to outside and back again with each page turn--and his subsequent productivity are emphasized by intriguing die-cut windows throughout. In the opening spread, mittens, boots and scarf are strewn about, clues that the boy has been outdoors; indeed, snowmen are visible through his windows. Yet he anticipates spring as he sits at the table planting seedlings. He takes a break to make more snowmen and then he's back indoors, where he hangs his paintings of snowmen, appropriately melting, and birds. The seedlings sprout, and outside his windows, trees are in bud. Children will pore over the increasing number of details as the two worlds merge. Bird mobiles inside complement the birds outside; he keeps houseplants as well as a garden. At all times, glimpses through the windows show inside and outside in harmony. Beautifully paced, the boy's endeavors encourage replication. This is a fine example of how nature sparks the imagination of the creator, whether sculptor, painter, gardener or crafter. Even the illustrations, gouache on brown Kraft paper, staples on many children's art tables, invite tots to get busy. Inspired and inspiring, this is creative genius at work. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452106441
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/19/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 218,235
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Lizi Boyd has written and illustrated many children's books and she also creates other works of delight. Her dogs, Olive and Zuli, assisted in the making of this book. She lives in Vermont.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Lovely artwork.

    Lovely artwork.

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