Nobody Here but Me

Nobody Here but Me

Book - 2008
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With his mother on the phone, his father checking e-mail, and his sister playing with her friends, a little boy feels as if he is all alone in the house, and no matter how badly he behaves, no one comes to stop him.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374355401
Branch Call Number: E/VIORST
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Davenier, Christine - Illustrator


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Mar 08, 2015

A little boy is feeling neglected when he tries to get attention from his family and fails. His mom is on the phone, his dad is answering emails and his sister has a friend over. The boy tries several things to get attention such as painting walls, making messes, cutting his own hair and clothing. He tries several times to ask his family to spend time with him, but they are busy each time. The boy hides, but no one comes looking for him. He decides to teach his family a lesson. He gets ready for bed and pretends to sleep. When they family is ready to spend time with him, they look for him, but find him ignoring them and pretending to be asleep.

This story gets one star for several reasons. First, it is an example of neglectful parenting. There are so many ways the parents could have given their child attention while still working, but instead they completely ignored the boy and not once in 70 minutes checked on what he was doing. The sister was mean, repeatedly. The boy made horrible messes that in the end were ignored. He spends much of the book trying to get revenge on his family. But the worst of all was the self destructive behavior portrayed. The boy couldn't get attention so he destroys the house even begins using the scissors on himself. He cuts pieces of his hair and puts holes in his jeans. This book disturbed me in so many ways. There may be children out there who feel this way, but not a single child needs to have this kind of story read to them. It serves absolutely no positive purpose unless a parent reads it to learn about how NOT to parent.


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