Say Hello, One Little Word Can Make a Big Difference
by Jack and Michael Foreman
Candlewick Press, 2008
This is a perfect book for anyone who’s felt alone and lonely.
The story opens with a dog who is left outdoors. Alone. Eventually he sees a crowd of kids playing basketball and he asks if he can play, too. He’s happy with his new friends. While the dog and his new friends play wildly, a boy far off to the side feels left out, alone and lonely. The kids do not really see the boy, but when a ball is tossed in his direction, the dog notices the boy. The dog acknowledges the boy, then offers him to come and join the fun. All the children greet him, “Hello!”
The simple, loose drawings in charcoal, colored pencils and pastel, using minimal color, accentuate being alone. The lines show only what the illustrator wants you to focus on and nothing else exists, kind of like it is when one feels lonely and alone.