Perfect Picture Book Friday! Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

19 Sep

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flashlightSusanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of β€œperfect” 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-Β 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 IΒ 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. πŸ™‚

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 blogΒ HERE!

44 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Flashlight by Lizi Boyd”

  1. stanleyandkatrina September 19, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    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. Stacy S. Jensen September 19, 2014 at 7:33 am #

    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.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 22, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      This is a good one Ms. Jensen! πŸ™‚ Flashlights are very fun to play with!


  3. Andrea M September 19, 2014 at 7:54 am #

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


  4. rnewman504 September 19, 2014 at 9:15 am #

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


  5. julie rowan zoch September 19, 2014 at 9:29 am #

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


  6. Joanne Roberts September 19, 2014 at 9:38 am #

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


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 22, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      GAAR – That Davy Jones be a scurvy dog lootin’ my flashlights behind me back!


  7. Grade ONEderful September 19, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Aarrgghh, matey! Awesome book choice!


  8. Patricia Tilton September 19, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

    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.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 22, 2014 at 11:13 am #

      I think it looks like a boy too, but it never says in the description. I think that’s cool. πŸ™‚


  9. Susanna Leonard Hill September 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    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… πŸ™‚


  10. Susanna Leonard Hill September 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    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 πŸ™‚


    • stanleyandkatrina September 21, 2014 at 7:39 am #

      Wonderful, we sidetracked you? Our work is done, Ms. Hill. πŸ˜‰


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 22, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      πŸ˜€ I’m glad you liked our videos! πŸ™‚ Thanks for checking it out!


  11. Joanna September 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    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. LovableLobo September 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    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. macjam47 September 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

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


  14. readingwithrhythm September 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm #

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


  15. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog September 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    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. Kirsten W. Larson September 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    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. Darlene September 20, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

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


  18. Penny Parker Klostermann September 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    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!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2014 at 7:24 am #

      Thank you Ms. Klostermann! I am glad you like our vlog! πŸ˜€ I am sure you will like Flashlight. πŸ™‚


  19. itsybitsymom September 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm #

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


  20. writersideup September 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Flashlight is BRILLIANTLY done (pun just happened lol). SO much to look at and discover πŸ˜€


  21. Myra GB October 9, 2014 at 7:11 am #

    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. πŸ™‚


  22. Nefertari (@nefertari_li) December 23, 2015 at 3:37 am #

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


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