December 11, 2016


Leave me Alone! by Vera Brosgol is funny, clever, and wildly unpredictable.

There once was an old woman who lived in a small village in small house. But inside the small house is a biiiig family. There are kids everywhere, always asking questions, chasing yarn, and hitting each other with knitting needles, and the old woman just can't take it anymore! So she packs up her knitting supplies and sets out on a journey to find some peace and quiet, only to find that it's significantly farther away than she realizes.

Brosgol does a fantastic job of creating separate, but cohesive, narratives: one text, one image. There are so many fun visual pieces for readers to follow through the illustrations, like characters the old woman encounters following her throughout the illustrations, or goats chewing on balls of yarn. It makes for such a fun, extra layer to the story.

Leave Me Alone! takes readers to unexpected places, and I don't want to go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but I will say that this book, while predictable at its core, is incredibly unpredictable in its journey. The story stretches to the edge of the imagination, and the soft illustrations keep the tone of the story light and fun, while exploring some slightly darker ideas meant for older readers.

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