Thursday, June 06, 2019

Book Review: Nobody by Sarah Fader

Nobody was sad because no one knew who Nobody was. - Sarah Fader, Nobody

Many people can name certain points in their childhood when they felt lonely; when it seemed as if no one else understood their attempt to interact with the world around them. Whether school studies, socialization, a difficult home life, or struggles with mental health named or unnamed, it can make a big difference when even one other person reaches out.

Adults are able to name their own problems in this regard, but when you're a child still in various developmental stages of mind and body, the journey of self-discovery either alone or with others becomes even more complicated.

When children in particular feel seen for who they are, complete with all their hardships and flaws and learning processes, such things can be so much easier to navigate.

In that spirit comes a new children's book from Sarah Fader simply titled Nobody. The title is the name of the main character, who lives in a secluded place with their dog. Nobody lives completely alone, with no neighbors or interaction or acknowledgement. And because of that, Nobody is both sad but also accepting of their circumstances.

Then one day a person named Somebody arrives, and everything begins changing for Nobody for the better.

It's not a very long story. You can read the entire thing in a few minutes, which is par for the course with books geared toward small children. The wording is very clear and simple, and whether one is being read to or old enough to read themselves, they should be able to come away understanding it.

The artwork is colorful and original. Nobody and their dog are distinct creatures, contrasted with the person who shows up later. I can see how young readers will be interested in learning what happens to them not only because they might see their own story depicted but also because the main character looks so unique.

I'd recommend Nobody to parents and caregivers with children in their lives who need encouraging stories of recognition and empathy. It may play a small role in a much larger and needed process of finding support and direction with others' love and companionship.

(I was sent a free copy of this book to review. My opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.)