Left AloneLotta Olsson, illustrated by Maria Nilsson Thore
At last we once again get to meet the much loved anteater and the sweet little dormouse from Strange Animals. Lotta Olsson has written an adventure picture book story with insight and everyday philosophy, illustrated with Maria Nilsson Thore’s delightful and subtly humorous illustrations.
In Left Alone the giant anteater is left on his own while the dormouse and the mole Stellan attend a course on “nutritious goodies”. Stellan has decided to live a healthier life with healthy food, long walks and a bigger appetite for living. Ridiculous, thinks the giant anteater who also has a large appetite… for biscuits! The story is spot on when it comes to big and small feelings that everyone will recognise, like being left out of things, missing someone, and how good it feels to cry. But also about the joy and pleasure in having a real friend.
Left Alone is the first picture book in a new series, An Anteater Book, full of amusing and wise things with a feeling somewhat like The Hundred Acre Wood. Read more about the giant anteater and the dormouse in the chapter books Strange Animals, Another Journey and The Meaning of Life.