Product Details
List Price:
$16.95
Ages:
4 to 8
Grades:
P to 3
Pages:
32
Trim Size:
11" x 9"
Published:
09/2017
Imprint:
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-493-8
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Lexile Level:
AD630L

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About the Book

Overview

Flashlight Night is an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books. Three children use a flashlight to light a path around their backyard at night; in the flashlight’s beam another world looms. Our heroes encounter spooky woods, a fearsome tiger, a time-forgotten tomb, an Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, and a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, then return to their tree house—braver, closer, and wiser than before—to read the books that inspired their adventure.

Reviews

“Newcomer Esenwine’s balladic verse and Koehler’s sturdily drafted pencil drawings don’t just lobby for children to read—they show how readers play.” – Publishers Weekly  

“A flashlight becomes a gateway to a whole new world in this imaginative picture book. At night, three kids sit in a tree house, telling stories with only a flashlight to see by. Muted pencil illustrations show the nighttime scenery…while the flashlight beam cuts across the pages, illuminating more surprising scenes. Each double-page spread grows more fantastical…Despite the excitement, the gentle rhyming text will wind young listeners down and help prepare them for dreamland adventures of their own.” -Booklist  

“There’s something almost magical about flashlights. Esenwine’s poem captures this quality...(t)he verse is incantatory, summoning jungle beasts, Egyptian tombs, pirate ships, and the like. Koehler’s digitally colored pencil drawings cleverly depict what’s really in the kids’ surroundings while also showing what they are imagining…a simple idea that’s engagingly executed and would be an excellent, atmospheric read for sleepovers or backyard campouts.” - School Library Journal  

“The creative illustrations make the story come alive by using a beam of light to highlight the imaginary parts…This picture book, reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are, encourages children to find adventures in a boundless world through reading.” – School Library Connection  

“On any dark night, a flashlight illuminating shadows can create delicious thrills. Here,…(i)t’s an old-fashioned, rip-roaring imaginary adventure, complete with a pirate, an ancient Egyptian chamber, and traveling to a ‘foreign shore.’”  – The Horn Book 

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Meet the Author

Matt Forrest Esenwine

Matt Forrest Esenwine’s poetry has been published in Highlights as well as in anthologies selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Carol-Ann Hoyte, and J. Patrick Lewis. He lives with his family in Warner, New Hampshire. Visit mattforrest.com.

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Fred Koehler

FRED KOEHLER's real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and getting caught in a hurricane. Whether free-diving in the Gulf of Mexico or backpacking across Africa, Fred's sense of adventure and awe of nature overflow into his characters' stories. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End. He is the author-illustrator of How To Cheer Up Dad, which received three starred reviews, and he is the illustrator of This Book Is Not about DragonsPuppy, Puppy, Puppy; and Flashlight NightGarbage Island is his first novel. He lives with his wife and two spirited kids in Lakeland, Florida. Visit ilikefred.com.  

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