Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine

Written and posted by Kate Olson from The Loud Library Lady blog 

I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for this new picture book Flashlight Night! 

Note: This post also appears on The Loud Library Lady blog today.

Check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post!


Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine 
Illustrated by Fred Koehler
Picture Book – Ages 4-8
(Boyds Mills Press – September 19, 2017)

Book Description (from publisher)

Introducing FLASHLIGHT NIGHT, a wonderful picture book, to be published on September 19, 2017. With an engaging story by author Matt Forrest Esenwine (below left) coupled with evocative illustrations by Fred Koehler (below right), FLASHLIGHT NIGHT is a marvelous read-aloud that is also a satisfying, inventive bedtime story. It is truly an ode to the power of imagination and the wonder of books.

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During a tree-house campout, three children use a flashlight to light their path around a backyard. In that simple beam, their world is transformed. The flashlight illuminates astonishing terrains and fearsome adversaries – a tiger, an ancient Egyptian god, a sword-fighting pirate, even a giant squid. With ingenuity, they vanquish all, and – bolder and wiser than before – they climb back to their treehouse and the books that inspired their nighttime adventure.

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Flashlight Night is a picture book that educators and parents will be so excited to share with children, both at home and school. It demonstrates exploration, imagination and curiosity, as well a sense of play that almost jumps off of the pages in Koehler’s illustrations. The text is sparse and lyrical, with no more than 4 lines of text on any given page spread. The opportunities for flashlight play after reading this book are abundant, as are the opportunities for imaginative play.

VERDICT: Highly recommended for purchase in primary classrooms and elementary libraries, as well as for home bookshelves.

Giveaway  (ends 9/20/17)

To enter this giveaway, simply comment on this post telling me who you would like to share this story with! Students, your own children, grandchildren, friends, etc ~ I’d love to hear about the little readers in your life! You can gain another entry by commenting on this post onThe Loud Library Lady blog as well. Good luck!

14 thoughts on “Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine

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  1. I have a 3 year old daughter. Well she is three going on 18. I call her my threenagers and she already loves collecting books, especially anything about the sky or the ocean, she is obsessive about the color changes of the sky from night to day and day to evening into night.

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  2. I would be thrilled to share this book with all my children, and all my children’s friends. We homeschool so are always looking for books that combine creativity with education. Besides that, I just think this book looks fun and would love to add it to the naptime reading rotation!

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    1. Thank you, Sara! I’m grateful that my editor allowed me to keep in words like “mizzenmast” and “vessel” which are a higher vocabulary than typical for a 6- or 7-year-old, but they’re fun words to learn and easily understood, within the context of the story. I hope you like it!


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