When No One Is Watching
When No One Is Watching  -     By: Eileen Spinelli
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When no one is watching, it's easy to be brave---to dance and sing, growl and cheer. But when everyone's watching, this book's shy young narrator finds it far easier to hide. With her best friend, Loretta, though, she doesn't feel shy, embarrassed, awkward, or odd---not one bit. Together they're like two peas in a pod, whether anyone's watching or not.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 26
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 11.00 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080285303X
ISBN-13: 9780802853035

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When no one is watching, it's easy to be brave -- to dance and sing, growl and cheer. But when everyone's watching, this book's shy young narrator finds it far easier to hide. With her best friend, Loretta, though, she doesn't feel shy, embarrassed, awkward, or odd -- not one bit. Together they're like two peas in a pod, whether anyone's watching or not.

Any readers who have felt shy will certainly recognize themselves within the pages of this adorable book, which will encourage even the most timid of audiences with its celebration of the value of a good friend.

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Author Bio

Eileen Spinelli's love of books began at age five,during her first visit to the local public library. ?Iclimbed up the steps to the children's room on the secondfloor and into a wonderland! Books everywhere . . . Ididn't know which book to grab first,? she explains. ?Itmade no difference to me that I couldn't read.? After that,young Eileen visited the library every Saturday with hermother. After a few years of library visits, she knew shewanted to become a writer.
The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. He has illustrated several children's books, including Call Me Marianne

Publishers Weekly

When the narrator of this poem-story is alone, “I cheer for myself as I race near the hoop/ I soar and I score with a dunk and a whoop!/ When no one is watching, I cheer.” But when people are around—even her family—she prefers to retreat to supporting roles (“I pass the b-ball/ to my classmate Tamar./ Tamar makes the basket—/ she’s always the star”) and hiding places (“I scrunch myself down/ and pretend I’m not there”). Spinelli (Cold Snap) doesn’t craft her poem as an apology—in fact, her stylish, cute heroine (Johnson portrays her with a riot of frizzy hair and wildly unruly shoelaces) has an equally shy and appealing best friend, and their obvious deep connection and comfort in their respective shy skins should be reassuring to anyone on a similar wavelength. The paper-bag palette and mottled texture of Johnson’s (Snow Sounds) mixed-media illustrations are somewhat chilly, but he effectively employs a multiple exposure technique to give the sense that his ostensibly retiring heroine has an exuberant inner life. Ages 4–8. (Feb.) 2012 Reed Business Information

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