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Inside Outside

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  606 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
What is happening outside today? Peek through the window to find out. What is happening inside? Peek again! Whimsical die-cuts throughout lead to charming and surprising reveals with every turn of the page. Filled with fun details (can you find the two mice playing throughout?), this deceptively simple book is one readers will visit again and again.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 19th 2013 by Chronicle Books
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Amy Forrester
Mar 07, 2014 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This wordless book focuses on the adventures of a young boy inside and outside his house over the course of one year (winter to winter). Along with his dog, cat, turtle, and numerous birds, the black-haired boy revels in exploring his indoor and outdoor worlds. Inside he paints pictures, puts on puppet shows, reads, and does crafts. Outside he makes snowmen, plants seeds, splashes in puddles, and flies his homemade kite. Although there isn’t a plot, the changing of the seasons provides a through ...more
Mar 18, 2013 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This lovely wordless book explores the changing seasons in a subtle and engaging way. The book starts on the inside of a house with a young boy and a little black dog. The boy is planting seeds in pots while the dog watches and two white mice play. Through the die cut windows, you can see the snowmen in the yard. Turn the page and you are outside with those snowmen, the birds eating the seeds. Turn again and you are inside once more, this time able to glimpse flowering trees out the window. The ...more
Cindy Hudson
Apr 22, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it it was amazing
Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd is a great picture book to show the multiple activities children can engage in both in the house and out in the yard.

The house is for making art, caring for pets, reading books, and playing games. Outside play changes as the year goes on. Outside is where snowmen are built, kites are flown, gardens are planted and tended and leaves are raked.

There are no words; instead Inside Outside reads like an “I spy” game where pages are full of images that kids can look for and
Feb 06, 2013 Edie rated it it was amazing
An intriguing, charming book with lots of appeal to all ages. The end pages begin the journey of a young child who begins inside a very child friendly home with toys and plants and galoushes and books and faces looking in the window and then next we are outside with that same child and some snowmen and a busy dog, with the chance to look back inside to that lovely room and then, you guessed it, we are back inside with an easel and a puppet stage and a sleepy cat and lots of artwork on the wall w ...more
Apr 05, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
Season by season, a boy contentedly enjoys his life both inside and outside of his little house. The book is wordless, with illustrations on a background that looks like a brown paper bag. You can peek out of the die-cut windows to see birds singing in their nests or leaves changing by the season. He has a myriad of animal friends, ranging from a dog, a smiling cat, a couple of mice and a turtle. He feeds the turtle lettuce, takes it outside for walks or a swim and draws pictures of it. All of t ...more
Wordless Book, Copyright 2013
Genre: Realistic Fiction. This is story about made up characters but it could happen in real life.
Target Audience: Primary PreK to 2nd Grade. Students will appreciate the intricate details in the beautiful illustrations. The child featured in the story plays with items that students in these grades would be familiar with.

Making Connections
Text to Self: This book reminded me of all the ways my brothers and I would stay entertained as a child. We would play indoors w
Jennifer Bane
Text to self: in this book it has cut outs so that you can see what’s on the next page and the pages switch between outside and inside with each turn, so when the characters are inside you could look outside and see what is going on out there and when I am home I look outside every morning to see what the day looks like so I know if it will be a nice day or not.
Text to text: On every other page of this book, when the characters are inside, there are two mice that are running around and playing a
Every page in this book has a delightful surprise, which makes it a masterpiece of a wordless picture book. Both adults and children alike can find something new, exciting, or thought-provoking to describe. The protagonists can shift - from little boy, to dog, to cat, to bird - just as easily as Boyd shifts seasons and action in her narrative. 'Inside Outside' is great not only for storytelling and learning about nature, but also for inspiring you and your little one to play in new ways!
Oct 10, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
What a great book, and very low key and not try to wow you or overload you with excitement. Transitioning in and out of the house becomes very experiential, and I wondered whether I could create a view of the house from above to sense the rooms and landscaping. The windows between pages truly are windows in the story. The simple drawings, the depth of details, the sense of quiet, and the turtle the makes its way from page to page makes this an enjoyable book to come back to.
Jim Erekson
Apr 08, 2014 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it
Utopian waldenesque fiction for the very young. It was great to see this kid and dog doing everything with no adults bossing them around. Each page turn showed me a microcosm all within the house and yard--there's enough to explore and do there. The kid's imagination gets to have free rein even though it's a mostly realistic (if idealistic) setting.

In this book, play = we make, we do, we take care of. The social world is a world of willing pets, semi-wild animals, and imagined friends.

The cuto
The Library Lady
Dec 27, 2014 The Library Lady rated it liked it
Was I very, very, tired when I read the review of this? Or did it fail to mention the die cuts on every spread?

This is lovely. This is creative. This is charming.
This is going to be done in by the first unsupervised toddler who reads it.

If this was printed on sturdy, coated paper, it might have a longer shelf life. As it is, I expect it to have a very,very short shelf life.
Feb 25, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
Inside Outside
by Lizi Boyd
The book consistently shows scenes that take place inside and then outside using some of the same objects for each place that are seen through the windows. I think the idea for the book was super creative. I can connect the book text-to-self by looking at all the activities the little girl in the story does. For instance, some of the things the little girl does includes putting soil in flower pots, building a snowman, hanging up pictures, playing in puddles
Jun 02, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
a boy and his dog are inside an artful house with die cut windows showing snowmen similar to the art on the walls of his room, the next spread is the boy and the dog outside with the snowmen and the die cut windows peer back inside at the snowman drawing, the potted tree. And so it goes, activities inside and out, seasons changing, possibilities explanding of all there is to do in both the inner and outer worlds, all wordless, all told through a visual stroll through this lovely calm book. Desig ...more
Kate MacMillan
Jan 12, 2016 Kate MacMillan rated it it was amazing
child engages in seasonal and creative activities both inside and outside in a wonderful, wordless picture book in which each scene foreshadows things to come. The first full-page spread shows the child inside, getting ready to plant seeds in pots. Winter coat and scarf hang on the hook near the door; winter boots can be found midst the jumble of toys on the floor. Through the die-cut windows snowmen peek in. A turn of the page finds the child outside with the snowmen while the windows now frame ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Juliedrake05 rated it really liked it
Boyd, L. (2013). Inside outside. San Francisco, Calif.: Chronicle Books.

Starred Review Kirkus Reviews (2013)


Inside, Outside is a wordless picture book that shows the activities of a little boy and his dog throughout the seasons. Through two page spreads, the reader is taken on a well paced story from Winter to Winter. Boyd uses die-cutouts in such a way, that it helps the reader transition from one two page set up to the next. The flow of the pictures give a great pace to the story and t
Kim Struyk
Sep 13, 2014 Kim Struyk rated it it was amazing
Boyd, L. (2013). Inside Ouside. California: Chronicle Books San Fransisco

Starred Kirkus Review
Starred Shelf Awareness or Readers Review


I didn't know I could love a wordless, picture book so much! Lizi Boyd uses her imagination to create fun and creative ways to make you want to turn each page, and read i over and over again. I would love to have students create an art project or greeting/holiday cards using this style. I would also be sure to have this book on my bookshelf in Pre-K and K
Sep 17, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Boyd, L., (2013). Inside Outside. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.
School Library Journal starred review 2013
Wordless Book
Beautiful wordless book illustrated in gouache on kraft paper, giving it a very natural feel. Each page has one or more cutouts that not only link the page to the one that comes next, but also relate back to the previous page. I couldn’t wait to turn the pages - and then turn them back - to see what was coming next. There are many details on each page, and even on the endpapers
Becky B
Feb 09, 2016 Becky B rated it really liked it
A little boy and his pet dog and turtle enjoy activities both inside and outside through four seasons.

Things I loved about this book: 1) it is wordless, 2) clever die-cuts that allow parts of future and former spreads be part of the next spread, 3) how the boy keeps himself entertained with fun activities that require no electronics. This is a great book for kids who say they are bored. Can they find an activity the boy is doing that perhaps they could do? A cute and simple book encouraging kids
Jul 01, 2014 Chris rated it it was amazing
Inside Outside follows a boy's seasonal adventures and activities as he plays inside and outside his home. The wordless book's kraft paper pages with simple ink lines and gouache illustrations are timeless and inviting. Die-cut windows throughout the book hint at the seasonal changes outside as the boy and his dog play. Two small mice follow each adventure inside and create a fun "I spy" game within the story. A wonderful choice for reluctant readers or for building narrative skills among 4-6 ye ...more
Apr 18, 2016 997997 rated it it was amazing
Inside and outside, readers can image that the four seasons change in a magical way. At the beginning, there is a boy and a dog, the boy is planting seeds in pots while the dog watches and two white mice play, through the die cut windows, the boy can see the snowmen in the yard, the birds eating the seeds. Next page, the boy is inside once more, he can catch flowering trees out the window. The plants turn green, and the boy finds snowmen melting. Most plants keep turing color, and finally, which ...more
Nov 15, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
I ended up reading this book and Outside, Inside simultaneously, since they came up next to each other in my book search. They really work well together and my children loved reading them with me. It was a wonderful experience and I rated both books 5 stars.

This one won me over because it is told only in pictures, no words, and each page has cutouts for windows so that you see part of the next page ahead of time. It is brilliantly done: sometimes you are on the inside of the house and the window
Kelly Brenner
Sep 23, 2015 Kelly Brenner rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books to look at has no words at all, it’s called Inside Outside by artist and author Lizi Boyd. The book alternates from scenes indoors to scenes outdoors, following a boy, his dog, cat and turtle. Each page has cutouts integrated into the scene which reveal the next page very cleverly bringing the outside, inside and back again.

Nature abounds in all the scenes and even on the inside pages you’ll see paintings of birds and drawings of plants on the walls. Outside the world ch
Nov 24, 2013 Mark rated it liked it
Lizi Boyd’s wordless book features die-cut windows that readers can use to peer at small details on adjacent pages. The story’s greatest charm is in its portrait of a boy who lives alone and is constantly (yet tranquilly) busy. Clean gouache images painted on brown paper give the spreads a homemade feel. The opening scene shows the boy inside, busy at his table, preparing to start seeds in pots. Through the die-cut holes, snowmen the boy has built can be seen outside. The next spread is set outd ...more
Aug 12, 2014 RC rated it really liked it
Inside Outside presents young readers with beautiful artwork and beckons them to create their only story as they page through the book. The book takes readers through the course of a year with a young boy exploring and playing both inside and outside. There are also cut-outs that invite the reader to think about what might be happening on the next page.

Can you find the little mice playing throughout the story? Look closely!

Promotes narrative skills.
Nov 06, 2014 Ron rated it really liked it
This book came highly rated via Amazon so I thought that I'd give it a quick read. This is a picture only book that has the pages alternate between being inside and being outside. There are also die-cuts in the book that highlight different things as you flip through the pages. For example, one set of die cuts is a series of windows that on one page look into the house and look outside when you flip the page.
The Styling Librarian
Inside Outside by Lizi Boyd - Picture Book Treasure – wordless picture book – peek through pages – my son was enamoured with this book. I was pleasantly surprised by this as he is older now, never know how someone would react to a wordless picture book… but this one is such a celebration of nature, art, and seasons… we read through the book twice in one sitting. Expecting it to be very popular at school!
Jan 21, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it
Reviewed for the Mock Caldecott Awards. A sweet little book which artistically uses diecut windows to see what's going on both outside and inside throughout the seasons. I loved the little extra touches like the various art projects hanging on the walls inside. Everything is done in soft, natural tones with an Oriental flair. Just a beautiful and fun little story book.
Michele Knott
What a deceptively clever wordless picture book. A reader simply cannot catch everything that is happening from page to page after a single read. The book goes through the seasons showing what the young boy is doing both inside and outside. Each page has 1-3 cutouts that give the reader a picture of what is happening outside or inside. Really love this book!
May 16, 2014 Zoe rated it liked it
A soothing and pretty book without words that might appeal more to adults than to kids. It is designed to help the young reader think about how inside and outside home environments reflect each other throughout each season of the year. One hazard: little kid would probably rip the pages easily, since they are not reinforced: hence my 3-star rating instead of 4.
Aug 07, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Recommended to Robin by: Becky O'Neil
A lovely wordless picture book with die cuts that predict/reveal/recall events of the story. Which is a story the reader makes up, as it is wordless. A child and his/her animals friends (a dog, cat, turtle, birds, mice) fill the pages with the details of everyday life through the season -- the clothes and accoutrements of each season, indoor and outdoor activities, planning for the garden in the winter, planting in the spring, seeing the flowers bloom in the summer. And the story will evolved as ...more
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