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Inside the tent it's cozy, but what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! A charming story told solely through images: Through neatly drawn illustrations and a spare yet dramatic color palette, artist Lizi Boyd offers an enchanting exploration of night, nature, and art with Flashlight. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual po Inside the tent it's cozy, but what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! A charming story told solely through images: Through neatly drawn illustrations and a spare yet dramatic color palette, artist Lizi Boyd offers an enchanting exploration of night, nature, and art with Flashlight. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it. • A wordless storybook with stunning visuals that aims to lighten the fear of the dark and the noises that come with it • Book inspires the imagination and creativity in young minds • Lizi Boyd is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Inside Outside and Flashlight, and also creates papers, ribbons, cards, and other works of delight "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 • Appeals to readers of all ages with the calming, yet adventurous tone • Books for kids ages 5-6 • Children's picture books for preschool through first grade


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Inside the tent it's cozy, but what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! A charming story told solely through images: Through neatly drawn illustrations and a spare yet dramatic color palette, artist Lizi Boyd offers an enchanting exploration of night, nature, and art with Flashlight. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual po Inside the tent it's cozy, but what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight! A charming story told solely through images: Through neatly drawn illustrations and a spare yet dramatic color palette, artist Lizi Boyd offers an enchanting exploration of night, nature, and art with Flashlight. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it. • A wordless storybook with stunning visuals that aims to lighten the fear of the dark and the noises that come with it • Book inspires the imagination and creativity in young minds • Lizi Boyd is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Inside Outside and Flashlight, and also creates papers, ribbons, cards, and other works of delight "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 • Appeals to readers of all ages with the calming, yet adventurous tone • Books for kids ages 5-6 • Children's picture books for preschool through first grade

30 review for Flashlight: (Picture Books, Wordless Books for Kids, Camping Books for Kids, Bedtime Story Books, Children's Activity Books, Children's Nature Books)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mischenko

    To see Wednesday's Wordless Picture Books, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com Flashlight by Lizi Boyd is a wordless picture book highlighting a journey through the dark. A child has his flashlight and will make new discoveries in the dark while camping in the forest. There’s a lot to discover in nature if you’ll only take the time to look. We enjoyed the dark illustrations with the hidden objects in the stream of the light beam. The boy finds all sorts of night-time creatures, plants, trees, To see Wednesday's Wordless Picture Books, please visit www.readrantrockandroll.com Flashlight by Lizi Boyd is a wordless picture book highlighting a journey through the dark. A child has his flashlight and will make new discoveries in the dark while camping in the forest. There’s a lot to discover in nature if you’ll only take the time to look. We enjoyed the dark illustrations with the hidden objects in the stream of the light beam. The boy finds all sorts of night-time creatures, plants, trees, insects and streams which offers insight to everything that’s going on in the dark of night. Children will learn that nighttime offers the opportunity to discover nocturnal creatures while getting a calm feel of nature. This is a perfect bedtime book. 4****

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    I think I liked the illustrations better as stand-alone pieces of art than as a story. Luckily I had the cut-outs mentioned to me ahead of time or I might not have even noticed; they're pretty small and the details aren't particularly interesting. I think this would work well for a kind who was either fond of or afraid of the dark.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    A boy, a flashlight and the forest at night. That's all needed to start a great adventure. In this wordless story a little boy discovers the animals that make all these noises during the night. He is being observed by the animals too. And when the flashlight falls and the animals grab it, the interaction begins. The art is beautiful, full of things to discover in the darkness. The illustrations really make you feel in the forest. I would suggest to read it at night and with a flashlight! Find more A boy, a flashlight and the forest at night. That's all needed to start a great adventure. In this wordless story a little boy discovers the animals that make all these noises during the night. He is being observed by the animals too. And when the flashlight falls and the animals grab it, the interaction begins. The art is beautiful, full of things to discover in the darkness. The illustrations really make you feel in the forest. I would suggest to read it at night and with a flashlight! Find more children's book reviews in Reviews in Chalk

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A word-less picture book in the nature of I spy but about what can be found in the beam of a flashlight during the dark of night. Every once in a while I pick up a word-less book as my nephew struggles with words. This one was a great one I thought because he is extremely afraid of the dark and I wondered how he would react to this child hanging out in a tent with only a flashlight... He was NOT impressed, lol. He thought the kid wa Check out more Picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... A word-less picture book in the nature of I spy but about what can be found in the beam of a flashlight during the dark of night. Every once in a while I pick up a word-less book as my nephew struggles with words. This one was a great one I thought because he is extremely afraid of the dark and I wondered how he would react to this child hanging out in a tent with only a flashlight... He was NOT impressed, lol. He thought the kid was a little crazy and we were both a little disappointed the child wasn't brown like in her other book. He did appreciate the animals that came out and we made a little story about it... It sure was an impressive book for a budding artist though... He struggled to pick a page to draw, because he wanted to draw them all!! He was excited for all the details in the drawings. The story is about a child who explores the dark of nature with a flashlight while out camping. I though it was a perfect book for a family who enjoys camping, especially one with young kids who may be a little afraid of sleeping outside. It would make a great precursor for a camping trip as an activity one could do after dark! And the way the animals helped the boy find his tent and get back was too cute... such a subliminal message that we share nature with animals. This is a book all about art! The almost chalk drawings with the spots of color due to the flashlight are ingenious! The cutouts that cause pieces of the art to travel from page to page is so fun as well. While I think a special needs child would struggle some with this book, it is still a great book for a home library... especially if you have an artist or a hands on child reader. BOTTOM LINE: Oh No! What will we find in the dark... Let's find out!! ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my picture book reviews in a special feature called Boo's Picture Gallery...

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    Great silent children's book about what is revealed with a flashlight at night, including creatures, color, when a kid goes out. When the kid drops the flashlight, some of the animals get in the game, too. Really beautiful artwork, in drawing, color and composition. And some cutouts, too.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jamila

    This is a wordless masterpiece with surprises on each page. It is great for a follow-up 'I Spy' activity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    What a world of wonders awaits when you're outdoors after dark! This is just a delight, with illustrations by the author that demand to be pored over. I loved it when the animals take charge of the flashlight.

  8. 4 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    Normally I am not into wordless books, but the black and white world with only the objects in the path of the flashlight being revealed in color is amazing and truly needs no text. This is a textbook example of how effective a real artist's work can be in a picture book. The sort of thing the Caldecott geniuses pass by in favor of ugly "hip" art.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samantha N

    1.Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2014, Ages 3–5; ALA Notable Books for Children 2015, Younger Readers; 2015 Bologna Ragazzi Award for the Fiction 2.Pre Kindergarten- 2nd Grade 3.This outdoor themed book is perfect for readers who enjoy the curiosities of nature. As we follow a boy’s adventures through the night we begin to discover the beautiful colors hidden in the dark black forest. As the little boy shines his flashlight we see colorfully hued animals, trees,and flags. This book even adds a 1.Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2014, Ages 3–5; ALA Notable Books for Children 2015, Younger Readers; 2015 Bologna Ragazzi Award for the Fiction 2.Pre Kindergarten- 2nd Grade 3.This outdoor themed book is perfect for readers who enjoy the curiosities of nature. As we follow a boy’s adventures through the night we begin to discover the beautiful colors hidden in the dark black forest. As the little boy shines his flashlight we see colorfully hued animals, trees,and flags. This book even adds a cute twist when the boy drops his flashlight and the other animals begin to shine the light on him. When the boy finally finds his campsite again the book leads to a calm ending of curiosity to search for more. 4.A great book for a younger class exploring a camping theme, or to just boost inquisitive minds about nature and animals. The artwork in this book is beautifully displayed and the illustrations make you feel like your outside in the dark.For a read aloud this would allow children to interact and participate in finding all the things to discover in the darkness. 5.Flashlight themed lessons: (Kindergarten- 2nd) Flashlight Sight word game: In a whole group have students sound out each sight word hidden around the room on stars. Students will find the words by shining the flashlight on the word they are trying to pronounce. (Kindergarten- 1st) Camping themed beginning sounds: As part of a literacy center have students identify the beginning sound of each picture given. Students will choose from four different sounds, whichever one is the correct sound students will place a marshmallow on the correct beginning letter. Accredited: Mrs. VanMeter

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer B.

    It's wordless and with lovely artwork, so you can follow the story and imagine the details yourself. Very nice.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Wow! This is a clever wordless book. A young child is camping and goes out in the dark to explore using a flashlight. The flashlight reveals plants and insects, bats and birds, and a whole range of living things. My description is really not doing this book justice. The illustrations are really quite wonderful and it makes me want to go explore the woods more carefully at night.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chrisanne

    Clever, clever. But really. A boy and his flashlight exploring the world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Flora

    The story depicts the journey of a young boy through a dark forest at night, and the various creatures of the night that he encounters. The book features a clever use of cutouts to highlight small details that you might've missed the first time around.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I enjoyed the author's earlier Inside Outside quite a lot, and I was not disappointed in this follow-up to that picture book. The author relies on a dramatically dark background to serve as a backdrop for small observations during a backyard camping trip or perhaps one that is a little further away from home than that. His flashlight reveals all sorts of scenes in nature; for instance, its light shows bats winging their way through the night in search of insects, two skunks heading for a stream, I enjoyed the author's earlier Inside Outside quite a lot, and I was not disappointed in this follow-up to that picture book. The author relies on a dramatically dark background to serve as a backdrop for small observations during a backyard camping trip or perhaps one that is a little further away from home than that. His flashlight reveals all sorts of scenes in nature; for instance, its light shows bats winging their way through the night in search of insects, two skunks heading for a stream, and a beaver busily fashioning its dam. After he stumbles over a rock, the animals turn the tables on him. This wordless picture book needs no words, and the clever use of varied sizes of die-cuts that are placed throughout the book plus the gouache illustrations that are filled with delicate depictions of nature's flora and fauna make this a delight to read. I also liked the primarily black endpapers very much.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Donna Nix

    This is a nice way to feature night creatures, but the book didn't work all that well for me. The peek-a-boo holes aren't that exciting or interesting. It was hard to figure out what some of the animals are, especially the babies. There is LOTS of detail on every spread, but some isn't entirely logical. For example, birch trees that are white although the moon is behind them, and the flashlight is not shining on them. I'm also not sure what age this is intended for. It seems like preschool/prima This is a nice way to feature night creatures, but the book didn't work all that well for me. The peek-a-boo holes aren't that exciting or interesting. It was hard to figure out what some of the animals are, especially the babies. There is LOTS of detail on every spread, but some isn't entirely logical. For example, birch trees that are white although the moon is behind them, and the flashlight is not shining on them. I'm also not sure what age this is intended for. It seems like preschool/primary, but the detailed illustrations suggest a little older to have the patience needed to explore the detail. Liked it, didn't love it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Great concept. Books with no words are always enjoyable. This book shed light on animals in the forest after a boy gets lost camping. The illustrations are nice and the secret spots in the book are fun to find.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This makes me want to do a study of the magical things that one can discover by entering the forest dark. A young boy puts up a tent in the forest one night, and through his use of a flashlight, discovers the “night” is alive. After a while, a surprising thing happens, and he too becomes part of the discoveries. Each time I read through this wordless picture book, I saw more. With each page turned, Lizi Boyd gathers what’s been seen, showing through a cut hole, a tiny peek at what’s next. What This makes me want to do a study of the magical things that one can discover by entering the forest dark. A young boy puts up a tent in the forest one night, and through his use of a flashlight, discovers the “night” is alive. After a while, a surprising thing happens, and he too becomes part of the discoveries. Each time I read through this wordless picture book, I saw more. With each page turned, Lizi Boyd gathers what’s been seen, showing through a cut hole, a tiny peek at what’s next. What a wonderful book! It would be fun to do a study of the dark, pairing this with Lemony Snicket’s The Dark!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margie

    Flashlight (Chronicle Books) a wordless vision by author illustrator Lizi Boyd is one child's adventurous exploration of the night. Certain to be a bedtime classic whether sleeping inside or outside Flashlight is a masterful work of art. Lizi Boyd elevates simple to superb. I would plan on having multiple copies. This is sure to be discussed in Mock Caldecott groups. My full recommendation: http://bit.ly/1sYGDUy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jan Polep

    Marketed as a visual poem for the preschool crowd, this picture book about what can be spied with a flashlight outside at night has so much going on that kids will say, "Again!" the minute you finish it. Better buy aome batteries for your flashlights because that's the next thing the kids will want to do.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    A clever wordless picture book about a young child exploring the outside at night with a flashlight. The gray and white drawings on black pages beautifully capture the magic and wonder of the nighttime wildlife. This is a book with a rich visual narrative that will inspire nighttime walks with a flashlight.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peninnah

    This book is perfect if your little one is afraid of the dark or if you're going on your first camping trip. It's a charming book about overnight adventures. It features no text, making it fun for even the youngest readers. Each page features clever cut outs so small readers may need to be supervised.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Age: Preschool-1st grade Boyd uses a remarkable and imaginative use of negative art as a boy casts his flashlight across the forest revealing the color hidden in the night. The pages are full of action and different objects, encouraging the reader to pause and explore the scenery.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    The end flap says "using a spare palette". Well the palette may be sparse, but the effect of using color for only what the flashlight depicts in the nighttime is stunning and such a different perspective than I have seen. A highly creative book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    A true picture book, it has no words, this is a delightful read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    N

    Brilliant and original concept for a picture book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Nero

    Amazing illustrations! What a fun night camping!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    No words needed in this lovely, witty book about a kid camping in the forest armed with a flashlight.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    Beautiful illustrations!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily Hernandez

    Wordless Book Entry #1 Genre- Flashlight by Lizi Boyd a fantasy fiction book. Fantasy fiction books have elements of things that are make belief, such as magical powers, talking animals or in this book animals that hold flashlights. This book is a primary level book and is perfect for preschool-third grade. Text-to-Self- This book reminded me of the summers. During the summer we will let our kids stay up late. We campout in the backyard and we have flashlights and we usually take a short walk aro Wordless Book Entry #1 Genre- Flashlight by Lizi Boyd a fantasy fiction book. Fantasy fiction books have elements of things that are make belief, such as magical powers, talking animals or in this book animals that hold flashlights. This book is a primary level book and is perfect for preschool-third grade. Text-to-Self- This book reminded me of the summers. During the summer we will let our kids stay up late. We campout in the backyard and we have flashlights and we usually take a short walk around our neighborhood. It is a lot of fun and we all enjoy spending time together outside and finding animals at night, or trying to find animals. We usually only see bugs. Text-to-Text- This book reminded me of the Little Critter book called Just Me and My Dad. In this book Little Critter and his dad go camping and see different animals. Towards the end of the book Flashlight you realize the boy is out in the wilderness using a flashlight to see animals and then he goes inside a tent and you realize he is camping. Text-to-World- Throughout the book we see many different animals such as owls, mice, skunks, beavers, etc. We are able to see the beauty of nature throughout the book, like the animals and the flowers. For years the world has being dealing with animals becoming endangered or extinct because of poachers. The are laws set to save some animals, but people often ignore these laws and still hunt them and in many places it is still legal to hunt animals. I know the animals in this book are not endangered or extinct, but that is what this book reminded me of.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    Visual Literacy- Wordless book #1 I think this book is great for primary grades. It is very simple, and younger kids would have a great time pointing out all the bugs and animals and plants they see on each page. I think this is a realistic fiction book, because a boy could be camping in the woods, and shining his flashlight everywhere, there's just no real proof to show that this is a true story, in fact, it's arguably make-believe because in the end the animals are shining the flashlight on the Visual Literacy- Wordless book #1 I think this book is great for primary grades. It is very simple, and younger kids would have a great time pointing out all the bugs and animals and plants they see on each page. I think this is a realistic fiction book, because a boy could be camping in the woods, and shining his flashlight everywhere, there's just no real proof to show that this is a true story, in fact, it's arguably make-believe because in the end the animals are shining the flashlight on the boy. CONNECTIONS: Text-self: This reminds me of the ONE time I went camping. I've only gone once, because I was so scared of what was outside the tent we had to leave the trip early. I think this book shows that their is magic out in nature, we just have to be brave enough to find it. Text-text: I connected this book to the Nature Documentaries on PBS. In both those shows and the books, they show you that nature is beautiful, and there's not really a lot to be afraid of. That if we shine a light on something we think may scare us, we find that there's nothing really there. It's a bit of a stretch, but I think both teach us about nature, in different ways. Text-World: I connected this book with confronting your fears. It's especially good for younger kids to learn about what's really out their in the world, and that there's no need to be afraid. It's a good beginning lesson to no be so afraid of the dark, and what might lurk in it, because it's usually always something that is fine.

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