Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd

Images and text by Carter.

I dive into some books like a crazed kid on Christmas morning. And then I accidentally rip a jacket or tear a page and I cry a little bit on the outside. Some, though, say slow down. Take a breath and a minute and savor me. Inside Outside is one of those. The cover shows both – a warm inside, with our new friend and his pal, and a vibrant outside, speckled with flowers and life. Once I finished, I went right back to that cover and started again. And then again. Truly.

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd

It’s a saunter through the seasons, and a glimpse at the goings-on of both inside and outside. A day’s details are magnified through die-cut holes which don’t exist for trickery or flair, but as peeks to our friend’s meaningful play. Because there are no words, the illustrations do all of the storytelling. So peel your eyes for two tiny mice, a rescued turtle, a growing garden, and some tools for building. And notice the inside puppet-show curtains transforming into outside superhero capes. Or the art on the walls that highlight familiar scenes from pages past. Spend some time with this one. Enjoy the bits and pieces of ordinary that make up all lovely days.

Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd