Perfect Picture Book Friday! Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

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flashlightSusanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love “outdoor” books and this one is done very well!

Perfect Picture Book Friday! Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

2 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 12, 2014)

Theme/Topic- Nature

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Flashlight is a wordless picture book

Taken from the inside jacket “Inside a tent it’s cozy. But what is going on outside? Is it dark? Is it scary? Not if you have your trusty flashlight!”

Why I liked this book-
I love when a wordless picture book is done really well! The illustrations in this book have such a story to tell! It is cool how Ms. Boyd draws the night scenes with very little color (just a splash here and there) – except where the flashlight beams. What will the MC see?

Another cool thing is that you don’t know if the MC is a boy or girl. When I read the book, I was thinking the MC is a boy, but Sue Morris of Kid Lit Reviews thought the MC is a girl (see her review HERE).



You can look through the book several times and keep picking out little details and see all that the MC is missing in his little flashlight beam! There are little cut outs on the pages that ties the pages into each other. flashlight2 The story has some humor too. At one point the woodland creatures get a hold of the flashlight and they get a turn. Soon the MCs woodland buddies get him tucked back into bed.

This is a very cool book. 🙂

Activities and Resources-

How about a good game of Flashlight tag! Check out how to play (and a day time version for kids afraid of the dark) at (Click HERE).

Go on a night time nature walk! Things are always different at night. If you don’t want to do it alone, check your local parks or wildlife preserves. Many do organized walks with a tour guide.

To learn more about Ms. Boyd and her other books, please visit her website HERE!

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

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44 replies

  1. Yippee on the episode! Stanley & I enjoy the bloopers very much. This book looks like one I might enjoy. I would like to get my paws on a flashlight, too. ~Katrina vCtMoWaK

  2. I have this on my list of books to get, as we love flashlights at our house. Thanks for adding it to the PPBF list. As a writer, I always love wordless books too.

  3. This looks like a great one. I’m always looking for good wordless picture books.

  4. I love wordless picture books. They leave so much for the child’s imagination. Great review, Erik! Congrats on your new blog.

  5. Yes, very pretty book! Congrats on your first vlog interview!

  6. Ye’ve done a mighty good job choosin’ a perfect yarn. But what-the-Davy-Jones is a flashlight?

  7. Aarrgghh, matey! Awesome book choice!

  8. Great choice of books. Imaginations will soar with this wordless PB. I think the child looks more like a boy. And congratulations on your new blog.

  9. Avast, me hearty! What a grrrrreat pick fer the week! I love this book – so cleverly done! And I didn’t know about the free donuts… but now I do… 🙂

  10. And now you sidetracked me for 20 minutes from my PPBF rounds with The Write Chat and your videos! I look forward to the continuation of the series 🙂

  11. Congratulations on the blog, Erik! I like the fact the MC could be a boy or a girl and this is such a clever idea!

  12. Shiver me timbers, matey! Me thinks wordless PBs be the motherload of all booties. Arrrr! Loved yer and the other land lubber’s interviews on yer new Vlog.

  13. Flashlight looks like a fun book. I enjoyed your review very much. Keep up the good work.

  14. Blimey and aarrgghh!! i love this book! And congrats matey on the interview thing!

  15. How fun that donuts were given away yesterday in the spirit of fun! Awesome!

    Wordless picture books are so fascinating. I definitely need to check this one out.

  16. When I first read about this book, I thought, “AWESOME!” It’s such a brilliant concept. Thanks for shining a light on such a cool book, Erik.

  17. I just love wordless picture books. This one looks amazing. Little kids just love flashlights!

  18. I have Flashlight on hold. It’s being ordered for the library here and I’m first in line!!! Thanks for a peek at it!
    And I just watched both episodes…you two are very funny and entertaining. I subscribed for future episodes! Really great idea for a vlog!

  19. This looks awesome… am thinking flashlight Story Time…. thanks! Now I am heading to the Vlog…

  20. Flashlight is BRILLIANTLY done (pun just happened lol). SO much to look at and discover 😀

  21. There is just something about wordless picturebooks that I absolutely adore. I’ve been seeing this title shared around by fellow bibliophiles, would have to find this one myself very soon. 🙂

  22. I simply cherish silent picture books. This one looks astounding. Little children simply adore flashlight

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