Book of the Week: Inside Outside

October 28, 2013

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

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1 Bambi October 28, 2013 at 7:44 am

That looks lovely- and so sunny!

Here in Germany it’s all rainy all day, so we’re trying hard to remeber sunnier days:

Have a wonderful day,

Bambi and Birdy


2 Sharon @ Discovering Blog October 28, 2013 at 8:18 am

I flipped through this book several months ago at the book store, and fell in love with the illustration. So gorgeous.

I took my kids to Books of Wonder yesterday afternoon and Eileen Christelow was there signing books! It was such a pleasure to meet her, as 5 Little Monkeys has been a staple in my house for 8 years. A lovely lady, signing books quietly and happily talking with all the kids who wandered up to her table.


3 Jennifer October 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

What a beautiful and clever book — I will definitely be purchasing! The timing of this post was perfect. My daughter is home sick from school and, inspired by this idea, we are making our own “book” with cut-out windows and doors. :)


4 Brimful October 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm

This book looks fantastic…adding it to my xmas book list now. I love books that have several different themes weaving throughout, like Mouk!


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