Written and Illustrated by: Galia Bernstein
Published by: Abrams Books for Young Readers New York 2019
Ages: 4 – 9 years
Theme: exploration, family and individuality.
Opening Lines: Leyla has a mother and a father… and nine aunts and twenty-three cousins. That’s too many!
Synopsis: from Amazon:- Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms.
Why I like this: The beautiful digital and hand-textured art features comically fluctuating facial expressions amid loose lines and earth tones, just look at that pixie face! Text is sparse with some pages only a few words or a sentence. With rhythm and action this is a rollicking fun read. Curled up toes and large expressive eyes show a lot of this story is told in the illustrations. This is a lovely book showing young kids how to take stock and realize the value of family.
Galia Bernstein born in Israel now lives in Brooklyn New York USA is both an artist and a writer.
An interview with Galia Bernstein… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZgU0UmGsqk
Another interview with Galia Bernstein… https://celebratepicturebooks.com/interview-with-author-illustrator-galia-bernstein/
Check out Gaila’s website – her portfolio and blog… https://www.dancingkangaroo.com/about
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I’ve been wanting to read this – thanks for the reminder! Love a book with good rhythm!
Thanks Julie. You will love it. I thought of you when looking over the illustrations.
So cute. I have 33 cousins and I love them all! A great book for kids.
Whoa! That is a lot of cousins Darlene. It is a cute story.
What a fun book Diane. I’ve added it to my TBR list. Thanks!
Cool! You will love it. It sits on my table so I can pour over the illustrations. They are so cute.
What a lovely book. I wasn’t sure what Leyla was at first — a baboon. Love stories that help children understand that animals families and friendships are so important. The artwork is endearing.
I love the artwork Pat. Galia also wrote I am a Cat. I must check that out too. Thanks Pat.