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Kids Need A Flashlight To Read This Adorable Pop-up Book

Motion Silhouette tells a story through its shadows.

Reading by flashlight when you’re supposed to be asleep is practically a rite of passage for kids. An adorable new children’s book celebrates that tradition.

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Motion Silhouette is a popup book by Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima. Each page reveals a new paper cutout like butterflies, trees, and spiderwebs. Shine a flashlight against the cutouts, and their shadows trail across the page, filling missing gaps in the story’s illustrations. A house is suddenly haunted by a ghost. An empty set of tracks greets a racing train. By angling or shaking the flashlight, young readers can make the ghost grow or the train stop. The flashlight becomes not just a way of reading the story, but of augmenting it.

Motion Silhouette is a spiritual successor, of sorts, to the flashlight book Hide & Eek! (read about it here). Unfortunately, Motion Silhouette doesn’t appear to be available just yet, and it’s written in Japanese. Of course, as long as your child can use a flashlight and read in shadows, language may not be a barrier.

See more here.

[Hat tip: Prosthetic Knowledge]

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Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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