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Leave Me Alone!



written and illustrated by
Vera Brosgol

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781626724419

Awards and Honors
ALA-CBC Building a Home Library Booklist - 2018
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2017, Younger Readers
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2016, Picture Books
The New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2016, Picture Books
National Public Radio’s Guide to 2016 Great Reads
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

2017 Caldecott Honor
Readers will enjoy this funny, charming picture-book debut about a grumpy grandmother on an epic quest to finish her knitting. Full-color illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

AR

2.9: points 0.5

Lexile

490L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Dec 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Grandmothers. Knitting. Solitude. Humorous stories. Grandchildren. Multigenerational families.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Brosgol incorporates folktale elements in her amusing story of an old woman in search of a quiet place to knit. Fleeing her too small house overrun with too many energetic grandchildren, she packs her needles and yarn and heads for the mountains. Unfortunately, she can’t find an undisturbed spot. Hungry bears, curious mountain goats, and little green moon-men provoke her to shout: “Leave me alone!” Climbing through a wormhole, she discovers a dark and quiet place to complete 30 little sweaters. Then she crawls through a wormhole that leads to her house, where 30 grandchildren rush to meet her. Peasant clothing, wooden houses, and village scenes create a setting reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm or of Fiddler on the Roof. The humorous illustrations depict the determined woman knitting in improbable circumstances as she climbs ever higher. A huge bear looms above her, curious “about what she might taste like.” Mountain goats frolic with balls of yarn they consider tasty snacks. Green creatures investigate the woman with handheld scanners while she sits on a chair-shaped moon rock. Brosgol is a master of facial expressions, using eyes, mouth, and forehead lines to indicate the old woman’s thoughts and emotions. VERDICT This offbeat tale will please readers who appreciate subtle humor, especially those who crave some time alone. A good choice for collections needing to bolster their supply of humorous titles.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato

Horn Book

Graphic novelist Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost, rev. 7/11) makes an impressive picturebook debut with this inventive story about an old woman’s quest to knit in peace. The tale begins with traditional narrative trappings: “Once there was an old woman. She lived in a small village in a small house . . . with a very big family.” Overrun by her thirty rambunctious grandchildren and determined to finish her important knitting project before winter, the dour woman packs her things and takes off, shouting, “Leave Me Alone!” shown in a huge speech balloon. Brosgol’s richly colored illustrations in an autumnal palette also place us in familiar folktale territory, combining an early-twentieth-century Eastern European vibe with a contemporary sense of humor. Alas, things are no better for the disgruntled woman in “the deep, dark forest” (curious bears) or in a mountainside cave (yarn-eating goats). “Leave Me Alone!” she hollers again and again. In a surprisingly surreal double-page spread, she trudges up to the mountaintop and straight onto the surface of the rising moon. Fleeing a crowd of “little green moon-men,” she enters a wormhole and finds solitude in the void on the other side. After six striking pages of white-line drawings on solid-black backgrounds—the void—her knitting project (“thirty little sweaters”) is complete, and all ends happily in a satisfyingly circular way. Repetition and patterned storytelling ground the out-of-this-world elements for a thoroughly entertaining adventure. kitty flynn

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Brosgol incorporates folktale elements in her amusing story of an old woman in search of a quiet place to knit. Fleeing her too small house overrun with too many energetic grandchildren, she packs her needles and yarn and heads for the mountains. Unfortunately, she can’t find an undisturbed spot. Hungry bears, curious mountain goats, and little green moon-men provoke her to shout: “Leave me alone!” Climbing through a wormhole, she discovers a dark and quiet place to complete 30 little sweaters. Then she crawls through a wormhole that leads to her house, where 30 grandchildren rush to meet her. Peasant clothing, wooden houses, and village scenes create a setting reminiscent of the Brothers Grimm or of Fiddler on the Roof. The humorous illustrations depict the determined woman knitting in improbable circumstances as she climbs ever higher. A huge bear looms above her, curious “about what she might taste like.” Mountain goats frolic with balls of yarn they consider tasty snacks. Green creatures investigate the woman with handheld scanners while she sits on a chair-shaped moon rock. Brosgol is a master of facial expressions, using eyes, mouth, and forehead lines to indicate the old woman’s thoughts and emotions. VERDICT This offbeat tale will please readers who appreciate subtle humor, especially those who crave some time alone. A good choice for collections needing to bolster their supply of humorous titles.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato

Horn Book

Graphic novelist Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost, rev. 7/11) makes an impressive picturebook debut with this inventive story about an old woman’s quest to knit in peace. The tale begins with traditional narrative trappings: “Once there was an old woman. She lived in a small village in a small house . . . with a very big family.” Overrun by her thirty rambunctious grandchildren and determined to finish her important knitting project before winter, the dour woman packs her things and takes off, shouting, “Leave Me Alone!” shown in a huge speech balloon. Brosgol’s richly colored illustrations in an autumnal palette also place us in familiar folktale territory, combining an early-twentieth-century Eastern European vibe with a contemporary sense of humor. Alas, things are no better for the disgruntled woman in “the deep, dark forest” (curious bears) or in a mountainside cave (yarn-eating goats). “Leave Me Alone!” she hollers again and again. In a surprisingly surreal double-page spread, she trudges up to the mountaintop and straight onto the surface of the rising moon. Fleeing a crowd of “little green moon-men,” she enters a wormhole and finds solitude in the void on the other side. After six striking pages of white-line drawings on solid-black backgrounds—the void—her knitting project (“thirty little sweaters”) is complete, and all ends happily in a satisfyingly circular way. Repetition and patterned storytelling ground the out-of-this-world elements for a thoroughly entertaining adventure. kitty flynn

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