Published by Schwartz and Wade
Summary: A boy eats and sleeps alone in some kind of all-boy institution (a boarding school? An orphanage?). One night he finds an invitation propped up against the bowl housing his pet turtle. He sneaks out and rides his bike to the shore, where a large turtle ferries him across the water to a cave. There’s a party going on, and the other animals welcome him with open arms (and wings). After a night of tea and dancing, he returns to his room. His turtle can be seen returning to his bowl just as the boy is climbing through the window. The last page shows the boy sharing the story with his new (human) friends. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: This almost wordless book (38 words) is a celebration of the power of stories to connect with others. The dedication says it all: “Dedicated to the dreamers. May you always feel invited.” Daniel Miyares’ evocative illustrations perfectly capture the child’s loneliness and the power of his imagination to create a happy world for himself.
Cons: Knowing that Daniel Miyares has created beautiful wordless picture books, I felt like the words in this one were unnecessary.