Nobody Here but Me
Nobody Here but Me
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374355401, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
It's a little after four o'clock, and everyone's busy. Mom's on the phone, Dad's checking e-mail, and Katie's playing games with a friend. But there's one other person in the house, and no matter what he does from painting a blue heart on the wall to turning the kitchen into a catastrophe (that's a really big mess) none of his distracted family members come to stop him. What does a person have to do to get noticed around here?
This laugh-out-loud story by best-selling author Judith Viorst, accompanied by Christine Davenier's charming illustrations, perfectly captures how lonely it can feel even when the house is full of people and just what it takes to get some attention.
“Viorst, as always, respects her readers too much to preach to them; instead, she empathetically and accurately mirrors their feelings so they can savor the injustice while understanding that it, too, will pass.” —Publishers Weekly
“This book addresses a universal childhood experience. Librarians will see possibilities for reader’s theater—just a few children needed and every free-verse line perfect to read aloud.” —School Library Journal
“Funny, well-illustrated, and re-readable.” —Sacramento Book Review
“Viorst’s text is emotionally on-target; Davenier’s loose watercolor illustrations appropriately isolate the boy in small vignettes or within otherwise unoccupied interiors to add an extra touch of feeling.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Children will enjoy the antics involved in this look at family dynamics, and realize that although a situation may be frustrating, it probably won’t last forever. The outcome might even be fun.”
“This is a touching read for all children who feel left out.” —Winston-Salem Journal