BOYD, Lizi. Inside Outside. illus. by author. 40p. Chronicle. 2013. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-0644-1. LC 2012015430.
PreS-Gr 2–This wordless book follows a boy through the seasons as he plays with his pets and finds fun things to do both inside and outside. Each page features several die cuts; the inside pages offer glimpses from the windows of the outdoor world, the outside pages offer peeks in. Frequently the glimpses inside turn out to be pictures the boy has drawn of the day’s adventures. The gouache illustrations are chock-full of homey details that children will enjoy poring over. The cat is snoozing in a mixing bowl, the dog is sipping from a watering can, small birds are cavorting in rain puddles. Each of the inside pages offers the opportunity to search for two little white mice sharing in the activities. Perused independently or shared one-on-one, this lovely concept book succeeds on multiple levels.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ