When I first held up Flashlight Night for a classroom read-aloud, my students were fascinated by the cover alone. They quickly shared noticings around the shadow and light. They made predictions and connections simply because the book demands it. As I flipped through the pages, my third graders were riveted by the illustrations as well as the lyrical text.
Flashlight Night follows a group of children as they make their way through an after-dark adventure. What can be revealed in the light of the flashlight is completely different from what lingers in the shadows. It’s not until the ending that students will begin to understand the true magic of the story.
This is a book that will be hard to keep on the shelf – it’s far more likely to be seen in the hands of inquisitive children who will reread it again and again. Illustrator Fred Koehler dedicates the book “to the adventurers: this book is for you.” Flashlight Night will certainly speak to adventurers of all ages.
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.