Joy has somehow reached back in time and written a book about me as a child. Using clever and bright illustrations, she describes children who want to feel seen and heard without actually being in the spotlight. Her message to everyone is that YOU are the best person in the world at being you, which is something all us wallflowers need to hear from time to time.
— From Staff Picks: Picture Books
People call you a wallflower.
Sometimes they call you shy. Sometimes they call you quiet, or maybe even scared. People think these are bad things, because sometimes they are LOUD.
But you are happy just the way you are. And maybe you don’t need to learn to be loud, they just need to learn to listen.
Mackenzie Joy beautifully pairs her gorgeous illustrations with minimalist text in this heartwarming book that doesn’t just acknowledge shy children, but celebrates them—because every wallflower deserves their chance to grow.
A sweetly gentle validation for young introverts. With panache, Joy offers a nicely compact, upbeat reminder that not having a big voice or delivering a large performance doesn’t necessarily translate to timidity. Just right, respectful and reassuring, for both the always and the sometimes quiet. — Kirkus Reviews
In simplistic, inspirational verbiage that speaks directly to so-called “wallflowers,” Joy affirms those who “love watching and listening” and finding “a quiet spot where you can be you.” — Publishers Weekly