Leyla

Galia Bernstein

Book - 2019

Tired of her large, noisy, baboon family, young Leyla runs away and meets a lizard who teaches her to sit alone, be quiet, and do nothing.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9781419735431
1419735438
Main Author
Galia Bernstein (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This comical story tells of one young baboon girl who craves a little space and solitude, both of which are hard to find as one of many hamadryas baboons who, according to an author's note at the end, live on the shores of the Red Sea in "loud, large, and loving families called troops." Little Leyla is always being fussed over and groomed by her mother, father, 9 aunts, and 23 cousins. Unable to escape the attention and constant noise, she runs off by herself and encounters a wise-looking lizard who tells her that he's busy doing nothing. The lizard teaches Leyla how to sit quietly and clear her mind. Adult readers will understand that this is a lesson on meditation, and youngsters will learn that, even if they're the quiet one in a boisterous group, a little downtime can do wonders. Hand-painted textures applied to digital art make the illustrations pop in this funny and wisdom-filled book. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bernstein (I Am a Cat) offers another taut and snappy animal story illustrated with correspondingly spare yet emotive pictures. Inspired by the author's observation of hamadryas baboons, who live in boisterous, close-knit troops, the book introduces a young monkey who has two parents, nine aunts, and 23 cousins, a tally Leyla deems "too many!" Feeling suffocated by her relatives' incessant hugging and kissing ("Yuck!") and their insistence on grooming her ("She's not even dirty!"), Leyla runs away to a quiet spot inhabited by a sole, placid lizard. The lizard is "very busy doing nothing" and teaches the baboon how to do the same. When she realizes that she misses her family, Leyla takes leave of her new friend, who says that she can "come back and do nothing" anytime ("I'm always around"). Thrilled to see her, the clan listens to Leyla's dramatic account of her adventure, and she gains a new appreciation for their kisses and cuddles. Bernstein's digital and hand-textured art features comically fluctuating facial expressions amid loose lines and earth tones and effectively fuses cartoon and realistic sensibilities. A warm and witty celebration of family, individuality, and introspection. Ages 4–8. Agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, the Bright Agency. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Leyla's large baboon family is "always busy, always fussy, always noisy." Overwhelmed, she runs away, stopping only when she hurts herself on some sharp rocks. A nearby lizard isn't interested in making Leyla feel better; he's too busy doing nothing, which is just what young Leyla needs. After a short but effective meditation lesson, Leyla returns home to her family and their loving ministrations. Reflecting both the anxiety perpetuated by our culture's busyness and a toddler's developmental need for independence, Bernstein's spare narrative and adorable muted earth tone palette offer a warm and familiar story. Pair with Jacob Grant's Through with the Zoo for some good old Venn diagram comparisons, or with Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry to talk about using space and silence for self-care. VERDICT A recommended read-aloud for storytime or one-on-one sharing.—Lisa Lehmuller, Paul Cuffee Maritime Charter School, Providence Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Overwhelmed by her loud, oversized family and their endlessly chaotic snuggling and grooming, Leyla the baboon takes a break in a faraway desert habitat, where she recharges alongside a quiet lizard companion before finding the peace of mind to return home. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Tired of her large, noisy, baboon family, young Leyla runs away and meets a lizard who teaches her to sit alone, be quiet, and do nothing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and'for Leyla'there's no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can't hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms. From the celebrated author-illustrator of I Am a Cat, Leyla shows kids how to appreciate both the wild and the mild.   

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit alone, be quiet, and do absolutely nothing at all. Leyla joins the lizard, and after soaking up some quiet time, she feels recharged and ready to return home to her large, ever-doting family. Now that she knows where she can always find a little peace, Leyla can embrace the chaos and the kisses with open arms. From the celebrated author-illustrator of I Am a Cat, Leyla shows kids how to appreciate both the wild and the mild.