Picture Book Review: Alone!

Alone! by Barry Falls

Alone!
by Barry Falls
5 out of 5 stars

Billy McGill enjoys the solitude and the perfect quiet in his home. But a squeaking mouse disturbs the serenity of Billy’s seclusion, and Billy is determined to get that mouse out of the house! He gets a cat, then a dog, then a bear to scare it away, but the animals just stay in the house causing more and more commotion. In the midst of all that chaos, can Billy admit that he might be a little lonely and in need of companionship?

As an introvert, I enjoyed this book so much! It’s perfect for people who are independent and quiet, but might need some friends every once in a while to chase away loneliness.

I love that the story teaches a deep concept about friendship in a silly and funny way. The antics of the animals are hilarious, but underneath the frivolity there is an important hidden message that we all need each other and no man is an island.

The rhyming text is a delight to read out loud! The words trip along in a lyrical way, and include some repetition that is perfect for young readers.

The illustrations are just adorable! Little Billy is such a cute little guy, and the animals and other characters are vivid and full of energy. One of my favorite things about this book is that the mouse is hiding in every illustration, so it’s a little hide-and-seek game to find the mouse on every page.

I adore everything about this book!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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