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The Resource Flashlight, by Lizi Boyd

Flashlight, by Lizi Boyd

Label
Flashlight
Title
Flashlight
Statement of responsibility
by Lizi Boyd
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this story without words, a boy explores the woods after dark with a flashlight
Tone
Illustration
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 As she did with Inside Outside (2013), Boyd sets a child out alone to engage with the world, this time exploring the woods at night. The book begins with a kid reading in a tent in the dark. The only color in the otherwise black and gray landscape is what’s captured in the brilliant beam of a flashlight. After the child dons bright yellow wellies, the adventure begins, and on page after page, the flashlight illuminates a variety of flora and fauna. Midway through the woods, the child trips and drops the flashlight, which is picked up by a succession of animals that were previously spotlighted in its beam. At last the boy and his menagerie rediscover the tent, and the journey is complete. With each successive page, more color appears, even outside of the beam of light, as knowledge of and comfort with the woodland surroundings grows, and the final endpapers feature bits of color, whereas the opening endpapers had none. Children will enjoy repeatedly poring over the many details and creating their own nighttime narratives for this wordless outing. -- Barthelmess, Thom (Reviewed 09-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 2)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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 --Gay Lynn Van Vleck (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 8, p65)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed June 2, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 22, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ 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)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2014)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10355423
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Boyd, Lizi
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Picture books
  • Stories without words
  • Boys
  • Flashlights
  • Night
Target audience
preschool
Label
Flashlight, by Lizi Boyd
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
still image
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000051906145
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452118949
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013029635
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)855507168
Label
Flashlight, by Lizi Boyd
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
still image
Content type code
  • sti
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000051906145
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781452118949
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2013029635
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)855507168

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