Flashlight by Lizi Boyd Book Review

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release Date: August 12, 2014

Sometimes the dark can seem scary, but with a flashlight in hand, darkness can be illuminated to reveal the beauty of night.

Using a form of negative art, each page features a black background, but wherever the boy's flashlight shines, we see vivid colors, animals, and insects of the night. Each page really invites the reader to explore and guess. Added within each page are small cutouts that, although adding another dimensional element, weren't used to reveal anything new on the next page, which was a bit dissapointing. Other books like Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger used the cutouts so cleverly, but the ones in this book were used repetitively and sometimes I didn't realize they were even there. There is a small twist with the animals getting hold of the flashlight, which added a fun element to this otherwise wordless picture book. A great bedtime story, this is an especially good one for the kids who like to make up their own stories.