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.)
"Subtly stylish... great fun for a parent to enjoy with a young child just beginning to master the rudiments of language." - The Wall Street Journal"
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"
This inspiring endeavor begs to be shared again and again." - Booklist, starred review"
There are so many delightful details in Inside Outside it should provide hours of fun over multiple readings as both parents and children discover new things each time they pick it up."- Mother-Daughter Book Club"
The overall feeling is one of pervasive contentment." - Publishers Weekly"
The lovely inventiveness of the illustrations makes this one really work."-Salt Lake City Tribune"
The book, like nature, reveals more with each study... you don't have to go beyond "Inside Outside" to discover how much a picture book can do. " - The New York Times"
Readers will be caught up in the story, boredom banished-at least for now"The Horn Book"
A work of art." - Pink Me"
Play an artful game of peekaboo through die-cut 'windows.' They give a sneak peek at what's to come as you ramble along with a boy who plays indoors and outdoors as the seasons change." - Daily Candy Kids"
Once I finished, I went right back to that cover and started again. And then again. Truly."DesignMom"
Inspired and inspiring, this is creative genius at work." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
Filled with small details that will have children looking back at previous pages when they discover something new, this book is perfect for lingering over on long trips or snuggled in someone's lap." - Walking Brain Cells"
Exquisite."Travel for Kids"
A charming, sweet book and is so rich with details that it deserves to be read over and over." - Books 4 your Kids"
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
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)