Mole Is Not Alone (Hardcover)

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Mole Is Not Alone (Hardcover)

By Maya Tatsukawa, Maya Tatsukawa (Illustrator)

$18.99


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“An adorable story about an introvert’s anxiety when faced with a party invitation. The art evokes Mole’s twists and turns talking themself into and out of attending, and celebrates the ways we can find joy no matter which path we take.”
— Shaun Manning, Booksweet, Ann Arbor, MI

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This sweet gorgeously illustrated book follows a little mole to a party that he's not sure about attending. He meets a friend and figures out that it's okay to decide to take care of yourself instead of committing to social obligations.

— From Booksmith's 2023 Holiday Catalog—Kids picks!

In this cozy picture book about friendship, Mole anxiously decides to journey through underground tunnels to attend a party.

Mole is invited to a party, which is very worrisome. What if the party is too rowdy for Mole? What if Mole doesn’t know anyone there? What if Mole is just too shy to make friends? Mole worries through the tunnels, around Snake’s burrow, under the forest, past Bear’s den, and all the way to Rabbit’s door. But despite all those worries, maybe Mole can find a quiet way to make friends . . .

With warm and sweet illustrations, every page of Mole Is Not Alone is an invitation to look and look again. Readers can follow Mole’s tunnel as it connects from one page to the next, learning along the way that everyone can make friends, even if some parties are quieter than others.

An Indie Next List Pick
A Kirkus Review Best Book of 2023
A Book Page Best Book of 2023

Maya Tatsukawa is a children’s book illustrator and designer residing just out of Boston with her cat/studio manager. When she's not designing, illustrating, or thinking about children's books, you can find her baking cream puffs, eating ice cream, or searching for the perfect scone. She is the author and illustrator of Sunday Pancakes and The Bear in My Family.

Maya Tatsukawa is a children’s book illustrator and designer residing just out of Boston with her cat/studio manager. When she's not designing, illustrating, or thinking about children's books, you can find her baking cream puffs, eating ice cream, or searching for the perfect scone. She is the author and illustrator of Sunday Pancakes and The Bear in My Family.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250869647
ISBN-10: 1250869641
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English

★ "Sweet and cozy—much like the cream puffs Mole makes—Mole Is Not Alone lends itself well to both storytime read-alouds and quiet snuggles before bed. Fans of Yeorim Yoon and Jian Kim’s It’s OK, Slow Lizard and Cori Doerrfeld’s The Rabbit Listened will want to add this to their shelves." — BookPage, starred review

★ "Soft, muted artwork depicts an utterly cozy and enchanting world. . . . Mole's self-talk is endearing and all-too relatable. Ultimately, Tatsukawa brings this tale to satisfying conclusion that lets young introverts know they can have fun on their own terms."— Kirkus, starred review

★ "...a story about anticipatory worry that ends not with forced revelry, but with a “Maybe... next time?” and gentle camaraderie found." – Publisher's Weekly, starred review

"Tatsukawa's adorable illustrations . . . would be at home on any nursery blanket, making the story's handling of social anxiety feel comforting and reassuring." — Booklist

"Tatsukawa creates art that is as gentle as the story, with soft, muted tones in greens, browns, and blacks, clean stenciled lines, and stamp-like smudgy textures. The tunnels Mole traverses are cleverly set up to function like comic book panels, and all text is in speech bubbles, making this easy for youngsters to try to read on their own." — BCCB

"Tatsukawa's beautiful pastel illustration create a whimsical feel; kids will delight in the many details in the pictures. . . . This sensitive story will delight party lovers and those with social anxiety alike—a charming addition to the SEL shelves." —SLJ