Review: Inside Outside

Inside Outside

by Lizi Boyd

Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound

Published: Chronicle Books (March 19, 2013)

Recommended Reading Age: 2 & up

In a nutshell: Charming is the first word that comes to mind when describing Lizi Boyd’s wordless, die cut picture book, Inside Outside.

The story transitions from the inside to the outside of a little boy’s (or girl’s?) house with each turn of the page. Inside, outside, inside, outside. And as the pages turn so do the change in seasons. Winter to spring to summer to fall to winter. While this sequence is revealed a bit of magic happens; parts of the pages are conveniently cut-out to reveal the next scene.  The windows of a room the from inside show glimpses of the weather outside, and when the reader turns the page, going from inside to outside, elements of the outdoors are reflected inside the child’s house.

In company with the child character are many animals; the birds outside, mice, a found turtle, a pet cat and dog. Each illustration is detailed with natural cycles, the birds preparing their nest and eventually becoming parents, the child seed starting in the winter, and as the weather warms, moving the garden to outside. Crafting something inside to later use outside. Before and after. Today and tomorrow. Day by day.

Here is a glance at summer:

Unknowingly, I ended up photographing each and every page in the book for this post, and didn’t notice until I downloaded the images. Each spread is as attractive as the one before, it’s no wonder I did. But I’ll leave the rest for you to discover on your own.

With peek-a-boo images, sweet illustrations, and noticeable attention to detail, Inside Outside will persuade the reader to open it’s pages season after season.

Don’t take my word for it: I’m not the only one who was smitten. Inside Outside received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.


Extras: Check out Lizi Boyd’s stationary company, Lizi Boyd Papers. I didn’t realize it until I visited the website, but I used to buy these cards of hers at a shop in Brooklyn many years ago.

Source of book reviewed: Review copy provided by the good people over at Chronicle Books.


4 Responses to “Review: Inside Outside”

  1. Belinda says:

    I must have this book, MUST HAVE!


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