Sometimes It's Nice to Be Alone (Hardcover)

Sometimes It's Nice to Be Alone By Amy Hest, Philip C. Stead (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Amy Hest, Philip C. Stead (Illustrator)
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“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


A celebration of the joy and comfort to be found in alone time and the joy and comfort that a friend can bring.

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.

About the Author

Amy Hest's many acclaimed children's books include the New York Times bestseller KISS GOOD NIGHT. A Three-time winner of the prestigious Christopher Award, she lives in New York City.

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.

Praise For…

★ "The text is simple and eloquent, with enough repetition to captivate the youngest readers but also with precise, often lyrical, descriptions for each activity. . . . A sparkling reminder that nothing is as powerful as a child’s imagination."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

★ "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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780823449477
ISBN-10: 0823449475
Publisher: Neal Porter Books
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English