Where is Lonely?
This is the story of Chelsea who is lonely, and Lonely who is grumpy, and how becoming friends changes everything.
Chelsea is a feisty, hyperactive little girl who meets an unfriendly ogre called Lonely and steps up to the challenge of changing his grumpy ways. It's a story about friendship, but most of all, it's a story for children to enjoy, participate in and identify with.
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"That's the best story I've heard in a very long time!" ~ Year 3 Pupil, Wilden Primary School
Where is Lonely? is an illustrated story for young children, telling of Chelsea, a restless outdoor-loving tomboy who sneaks out of the house and goes exploring in the countryside. She meets an ogre who does his best to frighten her, with radical consequences. The tale has many hooks for teaching, and indeed good ideas with resource references are included for a variety of activities with Reception and KS1 children. These range from drawing spiders to discussing the nature of friendships. Where is Lonely? uses just two main characters and describes their initial reactions on meeting unexpectedly. Starting in familiar settings, there will be a girl recognisable as Chelsea-like in many school classes. Her adventure moves smoothly into more fantastic territory, where readers can be prompted to think about how to respond to unfamiliar situations, and to reflect on how they might behave or feel. There is great potential in this simple story for material to help open up discussion about relationships and the value of every individual. Matt Sendorek - Primary Teacher ~ Matt Sendorek, Primary Teacher
A really excellent read. If you want to broach issues such as friendship and being lonely within a positive and creative story, this is the children's book for you . The main characters of Chelsea and the ogre are beautifully delineated and the plot moves us on with some delightful illustrations and twists. This would be great to use with children of all abilities and suitable for either home or classroom use.,the teaching notes at the end are both open and useful, giving plenty of scope for further exploration. If you liked the gruffalo you will love this little tome! On the other hand, should you just want to delight in the tale and enjoy the experience without an agenda for teaching, it is a touching read without being sentimental or cliched. Highly recommended. ~ Andrea Davies Miller, English Teacher and Freelance Editor
' Where is Lonely? is an enchanting book. A fantastic teaching tool for PSHE & Circle time. It would sit well in both a group or 1 to 1 situation. The illustrations are stimulating and would encourage even a reluctant child to participate. The formate keeps your interest throughout the story. I would highly recommended this book to the primary age range.' Joy White, Primary School Headteacher.' ~ Joy White, Primary Head Teacher
"Want to know how to 'out-ogre' an ogre? Let Chelsea, the energetic, articulate, contemporary, funny - and un-fairytale-like heroine - show you how! Refreshingly and delightfully uncluttered, in both narrative and illustration, Chelsea's journey is poignant and engaging, exploring themes of isolation and difference effectively - by the writer's insight and her gift for humour. Younger audiences will soon 'click' into repeated language patterns and anticipate/predict what Chelsea might do next - or to work further from the text and ponder upon what actions they would take/how they would feel/what they might change, etc. Un-fluffy in its presentation, this modern book has a bite - and its adult characters are worthy of further study. 'Where is Lonely?' can be explored on several levels, by a range of readers. It's an excellent book for extending social skills within a classroom environment - providing, also, a range of suggested teaching resource ideas for further exploration. An all-round must-have." ~ Pauline Rice, Holistic Therapist & former primary school arts specialist
A simple but beautiful story. Well written and dealing with friendship issues for children in a lovely way. A book that your child will want to read again and again. ~ Rhiannon Biddulph Williams, Parent
A gentle, thoughtful book, perfect to open discussions with young children about life and friendship ~ Susanne Atherton, Author and Social Work Expert