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Everyone cries, everyone laughs, everyone sings—everyone. A celebrated illustrator explores the universality of feelings in his authorial debut.
Christopher Silas Neal, praised by the New York Times for his “stunning retro-style illustrations,” invites young readers to explore how we feel what we feel, and how everyone else feels it, too. From the animals in the woods to the neighbors in their homes nearby, everyone has feelings and shares them in this whimsical story. Vivid, childlike art in a limited palette conveys a full spectrum of emotion. Young children easily frustrated by a popped balloon or overjoyed by a sky full of stars will relish this simple exploration of empathy.
About the Author
Christopher Silas Neal is the illustrator of Over and Under the Snow and Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, both written by Kate Messner, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Everyone is his authorial debut. Christopher Silas Neal lives in Brooklyn, New York.
...the message of self-acceptance and community is heartfelt and reassuring.
—The New York Times Book Review
Neal (Over and Under the Snow, 2011) makes his solo debut here, channeling a boy who is learning to accept and appreciate his own emotions...Neal’s palette of blue, black, and peachy flesh tones adds a jaunty innocence to the boy’s childlike drawings, which include anthropomorphic flowers singing along to bee-buzzing accompaniment, a chorus of cuddly animals, and an oversize bear providing an enveloping hug.
In his authorial debut, Neal explores the universality of emotions with a reassuring tone...Suitable for school and public libraries, this title has a wide range of appeal and could be shared one-on-one or read aloud.
—School Library Journal
This sweet read about emotions teaches tots that it’s OK to laugh, sing and even cry.
—Pregnancy & Newborn
Spare text and expressive illustrations are perfectly combined to deliver a simple, profound first look at empathy.
—Books to Borrow...Books to Buy (Kendal A. Rautzhan column)