Flashlight Night
Flashlight Night
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Flashlight Night

Written by Matt Forrest Esenwine & illustrated by Fred Koehler
Published by Boyds Mills & Kane
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What's Flashlight Night About

Publisher Summary

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.

What Kind of Book is Flashlight Night

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    "Leads you past old post and rail..."

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Whatever is lit by the flashlight becomes something else in the children's imagination! What does the cat turn into? What does the pool turn into? What about the beach ball? The teddy bear?
  • What happens when the giant squid (the Kraken) is scared by the giant bear? (Hint: look underneath the squid!)
  • What does the pirate leave behind in the tree house?
  • If you could go on an adventure, where would you go?

Reviews

    The Book Snob Mom
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    Delightfully clever illustrations simultaneously show "reality" in the dark of the night and the world of the children's imagination as illuminated by the flashlight in a way that highlights the power and joy of reading!

    Publisher's Weekly
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    Full review

    "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."

    Kirkus
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    Starred Review

    ★"The contrast between darkness and the area illuminated by a flashlight fascinates children, but this title kicks the fun up a notch . . . The modest swimming pool inspires a pirate escapade; a rope ladder links to a hot air balloon rescue. The delicious language and ingenious metamorphoses, rendered in pencil and colored digitally, are tied directly to classic books stacked near the sleeping bags. A rousing read."

    Booklist
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    "A flashlight becomes a gateway to a whole new world in this imaginative . . . book. 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."

    Horn Book
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    "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.'''

    School Library Journal
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    “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 Connection
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    Esther Spear

    “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.”

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Book Details

ISBN
9781629794938
Publication Date
September 19, 2017
Text Details
Garamond Premier
Illustration Details
Hand-drawn pencil illustrations; digitally colored.
Page Count
32
Words Per Page
5
Audience
Picture
Reading Age
4 - 8 years
Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
2016959861
ASIN/ISBN 10
1629794937
Lexile® Level
AD630L
Est. Fountas & Pinnell Level
~O
ATOS® Book Level
3.5
Accelerated Reader® Points
0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz
500323
Accelerated Reader Interest Level
LG

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