Kevin Henkes knows how to write books for kids concerning family, friendship, life, and viagra tabs learning. His illustrations are long remembered by youngsters who enjoyed his tales with mom at dad at bedtime (or anytime!). Though he is most well-known for his delightful mice characters such as Lilly (and her purple plastic purse), he has plenty of other books under his name that are just as enjoyable and loved by kids all over. Henkes also illustrations the majority of his books, his pictures ranging from silly to wonderfully detailed and beautiful. Kids will be the judge of what they like, though!
Originally published over 20 years ago, All Alone was Henkes’s first book. In its pages, a young boy explores what it is like and what it means to be alone. The answer isn’t a sad one though. The boy isn’t lonely. Instead, he finds that he can imagine all sorts of things. He can pretend that he is tiny enough to hide behind stones or so tall that you can touch the sky. He can sit quietly and hear all the things that other people don’t hear. He can see all the things that other people don’t see. It’s a magical time, being by yourself. Trees can breathe. Anything can happen. Most importantly of all though, you can be alone and realize that in all the world, there is no one that is just like you.
This children’s book is a unique look at being by oneself. Henkes shows children the imagination and wonder that can be had when there is no one else around. The text is simple yet expressive that captures everything the boy sees and experiences around him – real or not – and the illustrations go perfectly in time with it. The watercolors and colored pencils used all blend together well to create the forested place the boy wanders in. Parents will like it for its calmness and imagery. Kids ages 4 through 8 will enjoy the pictures and consider many of the things that Henkes suggests. Imagination is celebrated and the next time they are outside on their own, don’t be surprised to see kids closing their eyes and imagining they can hear the trees breathe.