In this wordless book, explore a midnight forest by flashlight. A grey-outlined boy emerges from a tent to be your guide, each cone of light revealing wonders like ferns, owls, bats, or ponds with fish and beavers. As the moon travels the night sky, a porcupine climbs a tree and the rufous coat of a fox lights up. What’s that? A deer watching you, while mice make off with some nibbled apples. Readers can peer closely at the unlighted parts of the pages and even look through die-cut holes at a moth, a blossom, or little bugs. Suddenly, the boy trips and animals take over the flashlight, illuminating parts of its owner, showing his yellow boots, tan shirt, and blue jeans. It’s a forest full of enchanting details that adults will love as much as kids. Turn to the final endpapers, black with one glowing red newt--then enjoy this magical forest again and again!
Ages 3 up, 2014
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.