Sometimes It's Nice to Be Alone (Hardcover)
March/April 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“Kind, gentle, and oh so true to so many hearts! Sometimes being alone is exactly what we need. Sometimes it’s not. Stead’s illustrations are perfect with Hest’s honest and lyrical text. Can't wait to put this one in as many hands as possible!”
— Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX
Sometimes it’s nice to be alone.
Just you, eating a cookie, alone.
But what if a friend drops in?
In Amy Hest and Philip C. Stead’s accomplished hands, anyone can become a potential friend—and that includes horses, whales, crocodiles, and even dinosaurs. The book’s effortless lilt and joyous illustrations are reminiscent of the very best work of Margaret Wise Brown and Charlotte Zolotow. It’s a complete treat for any introverted kid with a big imagination.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year
Philip Stead is the author of the Caldecott Medal winner, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, illustrated by his wife, Erin E. Stead. Their collaboration, Music for Mister Moon, won the Great Lakes Great Reads Award. Philip has written and illustrated many picture books including Hello, My Name is Ruby, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat, A Home for Bird, All the Animals where I Live, and Vernon is on His Way. He also illustrated Charlotte Zolotow’s In My Garden. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
★ "A celebration sure to delight introverts everywhere. . . ."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"[An] affirming acknowledgement that alone does not equal lonely. . . . Soaring illustrations created with printmaking techniques greatly expand the text and add larger action to the narrative. . . . The episodic nature of the story encourages readers to move slowly and think about each scene."—Booklist
"Tap into a primal desire to frolic in perfect safety and abandon, engaging one's private imagination."—Publishers Weekly
"Joyously explores and celebrates everyday moments, whether spent alone or in unexpected company. . . . The brightly colored, textured illustrations, created by hand using printmaking techniques, are mischievous and detailed, perfectly extending the plucky text."—The Horn Book