Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine & Fred Koehler

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

“Flashlight at Night” chronicles the adventure of three kids on a dark night with a flashlight. With some books around them, they go through a lot of adventures! They then explore a forgotten trail into the woods; a path to the waters; an ancient hall, and along the way, they meet animals and ride a ship, until they get chased by a giant squid!

They get back to where they started from and the story shows the three kids reading books with sleepy eyes. Although they still want to go on more adventures, they hear someone say “Shhh… lights out.” It’s sleeping time!

Book Information

Title: Flashnight Night
Author: Matt Forrest Esenwine
Illustrator: Fred Koehler
Published by Boyds Mills Press, an Imprint of Highlights
Text Copyright 2017 by Matt Forrest Esenwine
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Fred Koehler
No. of pages: 30

About the Author & Illustrator

From the back flap jacket of the book:

Matt Forrest Esenwine had his first poem published when he was in high school; it was selected for a local college’s literary magazine. Since then, his poems have been published in a wide variety of collections and magazines for children as well as adults. Flashlight Night is his first picture book. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire, near a long-forgotten trail where woods are deep and waters rush. Visit his website at http://mattforrest.com.

Fred Koehler grew up in the Florida scrub and along the coast, more at home in tree houses and boats than indoors. His debut picture book, How to Cheer Up Dad, was inspired by a coffee-shop standoff with his two-year-old son. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End. He lives with his two spirited kids in Lakeland, Florida. Visit his website at http://freddiek.com

Values or Lessons

Flashlight Night highlights the importance of imagination for kids and this can be enhanced by reading books and with the help of a flashlight! A parent can recreate some of these adventures at night with the help of a flashlight! Although, you need to be careful lest a child may fall or get hurt in the dark.


The artwork in the book shows the dark being pierced by the light coming from the flashlight. They are muted and not very colorful. Our son was a bit scared while reading the book. But he let out a big sigh of relief when we finished reading it.

3 Comments Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine & Fred Koehler

  1. Matt Forrest Esenwine

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on “Flashlight Night,” Mighty! I really appreciate you taking the time to tell your readers what you thought of it. By the way, I used to live in Nashville – so if I ever make it down that way again, perhaps I’ll look you up!


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