Thursday, June 1, 2017

Book Review: Leave Me Alone!

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Today's book review is on Vera Brosgol's  Leave Me Alone! This is a visual delight. Her illustrations of children remind me of the children of Gyo Fujikawa's A to Z Picture Book and her other books. The illustrations of this book are a true treat.

This is the story of a loving grandmother with a job to do, knit sweaters for her grandchildren, except as you can see from the picture below, she's not getting the time to get her job done.

To escape her interruptions, she proceeds to go farther and farther away, being troubled by bears, mountain goats, and moon aliens, until finally she is completely and utterly alone. She finishes her work, but she realizes she is alone. This realization is told through illustrations, which an older child will easily grasp, but mine need it spelled out to them. 

As I've said, this story was a little above my children's heads (4 and 2 years old), but the story is one which will make the older and adult reader smile. As a knitter, I've had moments where I've hollered, "Leave me alone!" more than once and it always seems to be when I'm working hard to make a gift for my child. Ahh! Irony!

I'd recommend this for an older child, adult knitter or picture book collector, but I'm not sure I'd recommend this title for the younger audience. Personally, I love this book, I just don't think it's my children's favorite.

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