WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING by Eileen Spinelli


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Age Range: 3 - 7
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What do you do when no one is watching?

A girl might be shy, but it doesn’t mean she can’t be brave and adventurous when no one can see her! This appealing heroine tries to disappear when other people are around, but when she is alone or with her best friend, she can do almost anything. Rhymed text describes both her attempts to avoid detection (“I hide like the cat alongside the big chair. / I scrunch myself down and pretend I’m not there”) and her plucky, bold side (“I’m brave as a bear in a cave in the dark. / I wrestle gorilla. / I tickle white shark”). Digitally manipulated ink-and-watercolor pictures portray the girl doing her best to remain out of sight in company and shining when she is alone and at her effervescent best. Shyness is presented in a nonjudgmental way here, as a personality characteristic that doesn’t have to be limiting. Although the pictures are sparkling and energetic, it is difficult to ignore the girl’s impossibly long, flowing shoelaces; while an appealing stylistic touch, children accustomed to Velcro will find them distracting, and their parents will find them unsafe. This is a small detail however, and shy children will feel accepted and invigorated by the girl’s ways of accepting and mitigating her reserve. 

A lovely way to promote acceptance of introverts by themselves and others. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5303-5
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: Eerdmans
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2013


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