Kids will love the humor in this story about a grandmother looking for a quiet place to knit.
Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 2.1
Caldecott Honor, 2017
5 out of 5 stars
The best way to judge a picture book is to read it aloud to a classroom…Leave Me Alone! passes the read-aloud test with flying colors! 2nd-graders laughed and loved this story!
The basic plot is very simple–a grandmother wants a little quiet time in order to spend some time knitting, but her loud, large family makes that impossible. She decides to shut everything down and escape to the wilderness, but a family of bears spoils that plan. She climbs to the top of a mountain, but mountain goats apparently love to snack on yarn. So she climbs onto the moon where the constant scanning by aliens drives her crazy. Where to go from there? A wormhole.
This story will resonate with anyone who has ever had trouble finding a little time alone. Brosgol has transformed that experience into a delightfully fun story. Will grandma enjoy the void she finds in the wormhole? Or will she miss her family? Or like many things in life, is balance the key to happiness?
Some interesting conversations can be started with this story. You can talk about personal space and the importance of family. And adults should be prepared to define for young readers what a “wormhole” is. Brosgol’s illustrations help students imagine a wormhole, but I found they needed a little more explanation.
Leave Me Alone!
by Vera Brosgol
Roaring Brook Press, 2016