Review: Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

Leave Me Alone

From Roaring Brook Press:

One day, a grandmother shouts, “LEAVE ME ALONE!” and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats, and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal-knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.

A grandmother just wants to get her knitting done before winter, but her grandkids keep interfering. So, fed up, she packs up, shouting “Leave me alone!” and heads out to find somewhere quiet to knit. But finding a quiet place all to herself isn’t as easy as you might think.

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol is hilarious! It had me laughing out loud on every page. Brosgol’s writing style and humour reminds me of Oliver Jeffers in Lost and Found, while still being uniquely her own. And her illustrations, while subdued in colour to fit the earthy tones of the bleak Russian wilderness, are never lacking liveliness. From adorable bear cubs to curious moon men every illustration is entertaining, but it’s the facial expressions of the woman that really slayed me. In just one twitchy eye, you can see how frayed her patience is.

The folksy colours and style, combined with the traditional clothing and details like having tea from a samovar, give this book a strong and refreshing sense of place. But it’s very contemporary tone keeps it from ever feeling like an “old” story.

Leave Me Alone! is definitely as much a picture book for the adults as the children. Kids will love shouting the refrain of “Leave me alone!” and parents (and grandparents) will no doubt feel for the frazzled woman seeking peace and quiet. Something for everyone.

Leave Me Alone is a laugh-out-loud treat that will be enjoyed by all for years to come. A modern classic for sure.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (5/5 hearts)



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