Shy Ones by Simona Ciraolo. Flying Eye Books, 2020. 9781912497355
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? A colorful coral reef is the setting for this quirky picture book about shyness. Maurice, a flapjack octopus, is new to Fish School. He hides behind his mother as they arrive, under the desk in class, and among coral and sea plants everywhere else. But, at the Deep Blue Dance Hall he shows his stuff. At a birthday party which he begrudgingly attends, he meets another shy one: Lucy, the box fish. Beguiling jewel tone colors and gorgeous fishy scenes underwater showcase Ciraolo’s artistic story telling, with the end papers introducing the characters. A lovely, quiet book to contemplate, perhaps with a shy little one on your lap.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer to families seeking books that celebrate shy kids. For ages 3-5.
Who should buy this book? Day cares and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 12, 2020