The children's love of a new book. We have all seen it. A book new to the library, given the enviable position atop the shelves, and all the kids clamor for their turn to bring the brand-new book home. Until one day, the new book is replaced by other new books (sounds like my own bookshelves). The new book isn't so new, and is placed on a shelf. It doesn't mind its home, but one day Alice finds it and falls in love with the story, as children sometimes do. Unfortunately, the book gets lost, and lonely. Alice reads other books, never forgetting the special book from so long ago. Finally, Alice is reunited with the long-lost book.
The illustrations by Chris Sheban are perfect, as they create a warmth and softness to this story. The library is just generic enough so that both the child and adult can easily remember their own favorite library. The illustrations of Alice's book, however, will want readers wondering about the book within the book! Don't worry, they aren't so bold as to be distracting, but they are exquisite enough to send one's imagination alight.
I see a lot of children's picture books throughout the course of a week, but this one stood out among them all. If you want to share a story of libraries, reading, and the love of books with a child, bring THE LONELY BOOK home.
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