Thank you, Matt, at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme, for hosting Poetry Friday. And happy almost book birthday to FLASHLIGHT NIGHT.
One of the nicest things waiting for me at school in August was a galley proof of Matt’s book. Besides getting a sneak peek, I love that I can show students as part of the book making and publishing process.
Today, I shared with Mrs. L’s second-grade class. There were lots of “oohs” and “aahs” over the words and illustrations. Here are some comments:
‘The fence looks like the zombie apocalypse.” ~ Carter
“The cat is also the tiger.” ~ Amy
“It looks like a haunted house with the crooked fence.” ~Chase
“You can imagine things that aren’t real.” ~Lani
The author wants you to imagine”. ~Naomi
“I like to play hand puppets with a flashlight.” ~Morgan
I can’t wait to get the finished copy when it arrives on the shelves. I absolutely love the work play and rhymes.
And Fred Koehler’s muted tones of the book makes you want to pour over the drawings for awhile.
Congratulations, Matt, for a stunning first book. It’s going to be fun to compare the galley proof with the actual book.