Poetry Friday: Phoebe babies and another great review for “Flashlight Night!”

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This photo was taken about a month ago, but I’m just now getting around to sharing a poem with it because I’ve been so busy with kids and work and everything else that fills up a summer. But I wanted to post this, because the phoebe family keeps coming back year after year, building and rebuilding their little home above the front door to our home…and they have become as much a part of our family as the creatures living inside.

ALA Booklist loves “Flashlight Night!”

I’ve mentioned before how happy I was to receive a positive review for my debut picture book from Publisher’s Weekly…and a starred review from Kirkus was just outstanding! Now, I’ve learned that the American Library Association’s Booklist will be publishing their review of Flashlight Night next Wed., August 2 – and it appears they, too, seemed to enjoy it:

“A flashlight becomes a gateway to a whole new world in this imaginative picture book…Despite the excitement, the gentle rhyming text will wind young listeners down and help prepare them for dreamland adventures of their own.”

Those are just the first and last sentences of the review…wait’ll you see what the reviewer has to say, in-between! (I’ll be sure to share the link here and on Facebook and Twitter once it comes out – but I’m sure you could’ve guessed that, right??)

By the way, Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise is hosting Poetry Friday today with a fun, unusual poetry prompt and lots of links to more poetry…so be sure to head over and say hi!


“Delicious language…ingenious metamorphoses” – Kirkus Reviews

“Balladic verse” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Beautiful words and amazing illustrations” – Michelle Knott, Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook/Goodreads

Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press) hits bookshelves Sept. 19, 2017! Pre-orders are available now through Barnes & NobleAmazon, or Books-a-Million, or by clicking the image of the cover to the right. Of course, if you prefer, you can always wait til Sept. 19 and purchase it at your favorite local independent bookstore.

Thank you for your support – and stay tuned for details about the big September Blog Tour and book signings that are coming up!


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22 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Phoebe babies and another great review for “Flashlight Night!”

  1. lindabaie

    This book is receiving a lot of “flash”, Matt. Can’t wait to read it! I love your phoebe poem, and that picture, so cute!


  2. How wonderful for Flashlight!

    What nice relatives you have in the Phoebe family. Isn’t funny how ideas and special souls find us even when we weren’t looking for them? Sweet baby birds….sleep now. Flies will ALWAYS be around for supper.


  3. Woo hoo! Congratulations on all the book love you are receiving! The phoebes seem like a delightful addition to the family. We have a family of wrens (I think) that come back every year to build a nest in the hanging basket fern on our front porch.


  4. haitiruth

    Congratulations on the great review! So exciting! And I love the poem, too. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


  5. Pleased to hear your book is being so well received!
    Your nestling thoughts are so comforting, with a lovely ending. (In Canada, though, the “zzzs” wouldn’t rhyme with “ease,” as we pronounce “z” “zed,” not “zee.”)


    1. Ah, that’s true! So for you & all my friends north of the border:

      Phoebe baby

      Mom loves us,
      snuggles us,
      keeps us warm.
      She feeds us as we rest our heads.
      She says one day we’ll catch flies, too…
      for now, I think I’ll catch some zeds.

      Hmmm…doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?? 😉


  6. maryleehahn

    Adorable photo and accompanying poem! About those Zs…my class last year had an ongoing wonder about why Zzz is used to denote sleep. How did Z become the convention for sleep? No one any of us has heard snoring makes a Z sound. And if you don’t snore, how is your restful silence a Z? (One of the many unanswerables we ponder in 5th grade…)


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