Friday, October 30, 2015

When No One Is Watching

When No One is Watching by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by David A. Johnson is a sweet book depicting the inner mind of the shy child.

The little girl on the cover of this beautifully illustrated picture book has all of the spunk and imagination in the world.... when no one is watching. The prose takes the reader through different scenarios in the little girl's day. She is fun, happy, expressive, and in everything until she is around others. Then she becomes quiet and hangs back.

As the mother of a shy boy, this book was a perfect look into his personality. This a definite must for any parent of a shy child.

What I Like: I love the illustrations in this book. They are spunky and full of life and yet so beautifully show the withdraw of the shy child in a larger setting. Children will definitely be able to relate to the illustrations, which will hopefully encourage the shy child to dialogue with their parents.

I especially love that at the end of the story, it is revealed that this shy girl is not shy around everyone. She has one special friend who she can be herself with in complete safety. It is so true to life since shy children do have that small handful of people they feel safe with to be themselves.

What I Dislike: I really liked this book.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 4-8 years.

Publisher Info: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2013; ISBN: 978-0802853035; hardcover, 26 pgs., $16.00

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