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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! Told solely through images and using a spare yet dramatic palette, artist Lizi Boyd has crafted a masterful exploration of night, nature, and art. Both lyrical and humorous, this visual poem—like the flashlight beam itself—reveals that there is magic in the darkness. We just have to look for it.
About the Author
Lizi Boyd is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Inside Outside, and also creates papers, ribbons, cards and other works of delight. She lives in Vermont.
"A completely engrossing, wordless story."--NPR Best Books of the Year
"A completely engrossing, wordless story."--NPR Best Books of 2014
"A charming and cleverly drawn picture book that needs no words to create a tiny, magical world."--Slate
"This inventive wordless offering. provides plenty of clever details."-The Horn Book
"This elegant book serves to alleviate fear of night noises, instigate talk of nocturnal creatures, or bring calm as a bedtime story."-School Library Journal, starred review
"This book brilliantly illustrates the passing time in myriad delightful ways. Wordless, Avant Après features pairs of images that show varied and unexpected before-and-after scenarios. The illustrations are graphic, clear, and uncluttered in a rich palette. While the its non-linearity invites readers to dip in and leaf through the pages at random, the end of the book triggers the desire to re-read it from the beginning and let time pass as they do."
"Positively breathtaking. nothing short of brilliant. No book more purely beautiful has appeared this year."-The Boston Globe
"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
"Children will enjoy repeatedly poring over the many details and creating their own nighttime narratives for this wordless outing."--Booklist
"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."-Publishers Weekly
"Beneath the sweet, enchanting illustrations...lies a deeper reminder about the wonderland that unfolds when one is simply willing to look."--Maria Popova, Brainpickings
"A wordless picture book both soothing and gently humorous."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A must-have wordless picture book."--Library Media Connection, starred review