What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking

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Pub Date 05 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 19 Jun 2022
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Description

An unruly cast of emotions come alive in this romping dreamworld, a place Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things could call home

Curiosity, a lithe and floppy-eared creature, perches above the open world and gazes out with a zippy blend of hope, wonder, and longing. From the tip of a chimney, we bound into the quiet and mischievous world of feelings, meeting a troupe of tufted creatures as we go. Sympathy helps snails cross a sidewalk to safety, fear pirouettes in an attempt to camouflage with wallflowers, and pleasure reclines across a doily-donned reading chair, sipping a cup of tea. Elsewhere, our insecurities – pesky, cavorting beings – build intricate cages and stride about with clattering sets of keys. Tina Oziewicz’s words hum with truth, and Aleksandra Zajac’s illustrations bloom and burst with charming details like a sail constructed out of a pair of billowing long johns or a red slipper falling from a contented paw. Taking in the perfect harmony of this book is like taking a long gulp from a trusty thermos and filling up with warmth. What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking surprises and soothes, inspires us to feel.
An unruly cast of emotions come alive in this romping dreamworld, a place Maurice Sendak’s Wild Things could call home

Curiosity, a lithe and floppy-eared creature, perches above the open world and...

Advance Praise

"This is a uniquely beautiful and original book. The extraordinary illustrations, done mostly in shades of gray with just occasional color, are more than perfect in picturing the concepts of the book . . .The words are so lovingly rendered with the illustrations."
--Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review, Starred Review

"What Feelings Do When No One's Looking offers pandemic-weary children the opportunity to make sense of the complicated emotions they may be feeling and concrete examples of the feelings they wish to foster, such as joy, kindness, courage, calm, and compassion."
--Mary Ann Cappiello and Erika Thulin Dawes, Text Sets and Trade Books

"A unique picture book of surprises . . . What Feelings Do When No One's Looking will prove to be an enduringly popular, fun, and unique addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."
--Midwest Book Review

"I am captivated by this book. It is beautifully executed, with thoughtful words and exquisite illustrations. The charming creatures are engaging and invite reflection and conversation. I think this is a book that belongs in every school library, public library, and therapist collection in addition to being in family homes. I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is so touching that I find myself returning to it repeatedly.  I will definitely be adding it to my list of gift books."
--Ellen Cutter, Bookseller at Magic Tree Children's Books

"What Feelings Do When No One's Looking provides an intimate look at what our emotions are doing when we aren't experiencing them . . . The art stands out for me . . . its soothing grays calm the psyche and invite the observer to be at peace with each emotion, regardless of positive or negative connotation. Some children's picture books leave a discernible feeling of serenity; this was one of those."
--Glass of Wine, Glass of Milk

"This is a uniquely beautiful and original book. The extraordinary illustrations, done mostly in shades of gray with just occasional color, are more than perfect in picturing the concepts of the book...


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Read it once and look at the fun illustrations. Then read it again and think about each one. It started many deep conversations in this house. A really good conversation starter to read with both children and teens.

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Wonderful picture book with awesome illustrations. I love a good with monsters and inner emotions. What I love the most about this one is that it doesn't focus only on positive feelings or negative ones. There is a good balance and they are all whimsical. For example: "Insecurities build cages." and "Trust builds bridges." ... Right?
Right to the point.

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Oh such a little short book with big messages. It is fun way to teach kids about recognizes various of feelings. Each illustrations give beautiful vibes. I hope more interaction between each this feeling characters and make small plot.

Thanks Netgalley to providing me with such charming book.

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What Feelings Do When No One's Looking was a really lovely book about feelings being like creatures, who pursue their own adventures consistent with their descriptions. The illustrations reminded me of Where the Wild Things Are. Beautiful!

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What Feelings Do When No One's Looking is a little book filled with big feelings. Through whimsical illustration and thoughtful prose you will become acquainted with a handful of emotions and the different ways they can manifest. This story is masterful in the sense it can be as deep as you need it to be. It is one you can return to again and again, each time gleaning different lessons from its pages.

Beautiful and thought provoking this book will be beloved by adults and children alike!

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A thoughtful book with beautiful illustrations in the most pleasing cool colour palette. It will be a great way to start many mindful conversations with the little ones and will certainly make for a lovely gift. Being neurodivergent myself, I feel like there is something inherently calm and soothing about this little book which makes me think it would be appropriate for little neurodivergent readers.

A magical wee book!

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'What Feelings Do When No One Is Looking' by Tina Oziewicz is an incredible book for children to understand the most basic human emotions. The illustration is impeccable and goes very well with the text. Each line used to describe each emotion is written in a simple yet poetic way that puts across the thoughts very clearly.

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A beautiful book to help children understand the importance of different feelings. I love how the feelings are given actions.

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A charming book with the most endearing illustrations and explanations or descriptions of the myriad of emotions that reside within us. Children and adults alike will love this relatable book.

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The art style is delightful! All of the emotions are characterised in such a cute way, I can’t even choose a favourite. I think this would be a lovely read to help a younger child understand their emotions and the different words for their feelings. Whilst there are not many words, the illustrations say plenty!

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This is a very sweet book for children about all the emotions that a person feels and how each of them are different and react differently to things.

It’s very sweet and very easy for children to understand.

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I liked this book and I loved the examples that they used to describe feelings. I do think that in the American market, fickle that we are, some of the pictures will not go over well with adults. I will recommend this book to my case worker to place in the Foster Parent Library as I do think this is a great book to help with children's feelings.

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This was a very creative, insightful book. I read this to my two kids ages 5 and 8 1/2. They both enjoyed it as well as the pictures and even started talking more about feelings as a result. It was nice to see them engage so much in a book. Very well written with some great illustrations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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I always enjoy reading books about feeling and emotions to my three year old son. It was fun to read where the feelings were going and what they were doing.

The illustrations are gorgeous and we both really enjoyed the grayscale. I think the lack of bright colors, helps tell the story better and allows more focus on the feelings themselves!

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What an absolutely lovely & thoughtful book. This book has such a creative way of thinking about the feelings that everyone experiences. It will be a great starting place for families and classes to talk about feelings, what they are like and how they feel. It could also be a great jumping off place for children to imagine and create art about their own feelings. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest opinion.

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I love the concept behind this book and enjoyed reading it even more. It has wonderful illustrations and a great moral for kids. Highly recommend for all! Loved reading this!

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thank you netgalley for providing me this arc in exchange for an honest review :)

I was in need of a book that would be an easy read and relaxing to flip through and when I saw this title I knew it was the one. Oziewicz and Zajac did an amazing job illustrating what feelings actually do. Feelings are something we all experience. And feelings impact our outlook on life, our choices and our actions. We can make better decisions once we understand how the choices we are given make us feel.

Feelings are emotions we should listen to and understand. This book helps in bettering our understanding of feelings. Plus, the added illustrations really help in visually seeing what our feelings are doing to us; because, we get to see what they actually do! It was really helpful.

This was also a teachable moment for me even though I'm not a child, this is a book I would recommend for everyone to pick up; because we still need the reminders of how important our feelings are. It was eye-opening and enlightening see how certain negative feelings can negatively impact our success and how certain positive feelings can do the opposite.

I know it is easier said than done, but try not to compare yourself to others and to hate because those feelings will just inhabit your potential, darken your accomplishments and destroy connections with others. Try to express kindness, gratitude and patience because those feelings will help you improve your future and provide you with positivity in the present and future!

Thank you for this arc! 5/5 stars Amazing illustrations

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What Feelings Do when No One's Looking is a book about feelings. This was so, so wonderful to read. It basically personifies all our feelings such as happiness, anxiety, freedom and so many more, and personifies them. One of my favourites is "Hospitality bakes a cake".

The illustrations will remind you of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are but they deserve a lot of appreciation. I love that the characters are in monotone and there are hints of colour added somewhere in the whole illustration. It's pleasing to the eyes, your attention is not divided by different elements or colours clashing.

I would recommend this book to everyone, children or adults, because it is a beautiful read. A definite must read for children because it explains emotions and feeling in such a simplified and unique manner. Thanks to NetGalley and Elsewhere Editions for the ARC!

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An adorably warm & fuzzy picture book about feelings for young readers. The illustrations are fantastic, richly expressive in a soft and muted palette, and the text is simple and smart (what signifies calmness? Petting a dog, of course. How about happiness? Zipping around in a bubble!), letting the illustrations shine. Absolutely loved it, a perfect read-along book for young children. Just picture me as the Excitement illustration, racing to my friends with this newly discovered book!

Thank you to NetGalley and Archipelago's Elsewhere Editions for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Initially my reaction was to wish there was most color to the illustrations of the feelings, but even with a softer or limited color palette, they're perfectly depicted. Imagination and Shame are my favorite.

This is a great way to begin introducing the names of feelings to kids and describe in a non boring educational way what they feel like.

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An imaginary children's book about the different emotions and how they are depicted. The images are so well drawn and really give a message in what the emotion conveys. This book was creatively written and a joy to look at the photos and read the words associated with each page. I would enjoy reading this to my kids and watching their expressions absorb the messages of this well written book. This is definitely one not to be missed!

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I really enjoyed this book with its simple structure and clever words. I know this book would be a hit with all ages - it has so much to look at in each illustration and such a lot of meaning for each emotion. I like how so many emotions are included not just a small selection.

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A picture book with only a few words (each then very valuable) and with many—wonderful, embracing, surprising, some even a tiny bit unsettling—pictures.

The book is all about feelings. Feelings that have become beings, and their actions are the physical representation of the ethereal emotion, of the things we feel.

I’m sure this book will come handy to more than one parent when trying to explain to a young child the different ways in which we feel and how to live with those feelings.

I’m sure, as well, this book would be cherished by many adults as it reminds us that, much like the little beautiful and scary creatures that inhabit it, our feelings as living things that need our attention so they don't grow uncontrollable and dangerous.

Know what you feel is a principle of life. Without knowing what we feel we are at the mercy of that feeling. Well, here you have a book that may help you see better into yourself. No, this is not some mumbo-jumbo psychology self-help, this is just a lovely little picture book doing us the little service of reminding us that we have a bunch of emotions living within ourselves and that is OKAY.

More in the practicalities of the book, I think most of the feelings are very cleverly depicted, but a few are very on the nose (rust building bridges comes to mind as an example). Some of my favorite representations are Courage, Fear and Patience. Some other mentions are spot on, hence a bit upsetting, like Insecurity and Shame. A few others are also spot on but in a very fulfilling way, like Calm and Happiness.

All in all a clever, useful and whimsical book. Read it to a child, or with a child, or read it on your own, and enjoy every word and every picture to your emotions' content.

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Forget the kids! We adults need to read this book! We need to know what our feelings do when no one's looking. This book brought me so much calm and comfort. Ah, love it. The illustrations made me see the younger innocent me looking towards the adult me to be more understanding towards what I would feel. This made me cry because I know we would still be confused and less understanding of our emotions no matter how older we get.

Okay, the adult thought processing is over.

Gather the kids and read this book out loud. It's going to be so much fun! The kids will learn new words regarding different emotions, even though they might not understand each and every emotion described. But no worries, the one line playful description of each gives a fair idea.

Okay, dear adult, when the kids are gone/went to sleep after reading this read this book for yourself. It's so comforting.

You people at Archigepalo are awesome. Thank you for the advance reading copy.

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I received an electronic ARC from Archipelago through NetGalley.
Creative way to give personas to feelings we all have. Others have said Sendak's wild things would feel at home with these creatures and that comparison works. These creatures take on the emotions they represent - anger, shyness, loneliness, hope, joy, love, etc. and model what the text describes. Young readers can find themselves in these pages and act along with the characters.
A terrific book for families to share as they explore how children are feeling and processing. Also a helpful addition to classrooms and libraries.

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If only time machines were real and I could give this book to my younger self !
What a wonderful imaginative concept of where feelings go to live when not being felt .
Illustrations are adorable and heartwarming. The color pallet the illustrator uses is wonderful as a child I always gravitate towards the muted colors . Many adults could use this book to remember their hearts are not cold !
This book really does touch your heart .
Reminds me of the feelings I had of reading Shel Silverstein as a wee one .
Here though the rhyming of words is not as important as the words themselves .
A great book for a child to approach the conversation of feelings with in general .
Highly recommend it !
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I received this copy to review in exchange for my review.

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A super sweet and super cute and yet emotional read. I really loved this. It was pretty open ended when it comes to emotions, I was questioning myself on numerous occasions too. And yet I loved this, I really really did!

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Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I loved the illustrations for this book. This was a great book I thought this was a good book for adults and children, this shows most emotions and how you feel. I would recommend!

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As a mom to three young kids this book is perfect for explaining feelings and emotions to them. I love how different the descriptions of feelings are from other books we’ve read. My favorite one was “calm pets a dog” . It’s perfect.
I also appreciated the feelings in this book being ones other than just happy, sad, mad. This book explores sympathy, shame, freedom, hospitality, and insecurity to name a few.
And the quirky illustrations are the icing on the cake.
Love this book and will be purchasing a hard copy for my kids to love on.
Thanks for the opportunity to review this beautiful title.

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What Feelings Do When No One's Looking reminded me a lot of Where the Wild Things Are in the illustrations. At first, I was torn with this children's book because I was hoping the author would dive deeper into the more negative emotions and how they can effect us, but I also had to realize that when I was a kid we didn't even talk about anxiety and stress. The idea that a parent could use this book to launch off into a discussion about all emotions and their effects is an exciting prospect to me.
Cute drawings, easy reading, important topics discussed.

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What a marvelous book! This book seems like it could begin to build in kids the kind of metacognitive skills that are so important to good mental health. If thoughts do things when no one is looking, thoughts are external to us and we can choose how we respond to them. Maybe I'm taking this sweet, creative book too seriously. But, it seems like it belongs in every classroom, every home library, every seatback pocket. Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for access to the ARC.

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What Feelings Do When No One is Looking
Tina Oziewicz, Aleksandra Zajac, Jennifer Croft (Translator)
Elsewhere Editions
July 19, 2022

What Feelings Do When No One is Looking
Is a children’s illustrated book about feelings. The authors present the feelings as creatures who are displaying how they make people feel. For example, the creature Calm hugs a dog. Hugging a dog helps people calm down. Insecurities builds cages. Cages keep a person’s feelings locked up inside. It’s beautifully simple with delightful illustrations. It’s perfect for children who are experiencing new feelings, helping them look at them in a new way.

I recommend this children’s book for young readers. It’s brilliant.
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This book explores the different things that our emotions do when we aren't looking. The illustrations are beautiful and those along with the wording helps teach children about emotions and the things they do to us. My daughter especially loved Love hugging the lightbulb! The only thing preventing this from being a 5* is that I prefer a children's book that rhymes but this is still a very beautiful book.

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This was a lovely picture books. The illustrations are the best part: they are lovely, whimsical and do indeed remind us of Maurice Sendak's 'Where the Wild Things Are'. I would definately recommend this book to parents/care givers of little children who are discovering emotions like anger, envy and loneliness. Some emotions/feelings are described better or clearer or in a more whimsical way than others, but overall it is a lovely addition to a little one's library. I would recommend this for 3+

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What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking by Tina Oziewicz

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This graphic novel uses visual depictions to explain feelings. I really like the art style and the way each feeling was represented. It was such a sweet and simple read. I’d recommend this book to parents/guardians and schools to help children better understand emotions.

“Envy tramples all that is beautiful. There’s no time to rest - there are so many beautiful things it has to ruin”

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I am over 40 but I really loved this book because the illustrations and the text described each emotion so well. I really hope the author will do more books in this series. The illustration and text for calm were perfect. I know this book is aimed at kids but I would have loved it to be an longer with a chapter for each emotion.

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Thank-you Netgalley for the chance to review this book. What a lovely children's book about feelings. The text and illustrations are an absolute joy. It's a perfect book to read to help open discussions on how feelings affect us - either in the home or classroom setting.

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Grateful to have received a digital copy of this book from NetGally & Archipelago, Elsewhere Editions

An introduction to the wide variety of feelings with the help of the adorable characters in this book. A great book for younger readers and an excellent conversation starter to get children to learn and become aware of their own feelings. The characters in this story are adorable (yes even anger is cute) and make feelings more approachable. The illustrations are unique, fun and beyond the creative imagination. Readers of all ages are sure to learn something about feelings after reading this adorable tale. I think that this would also be a great addition to any school counselor’s library to help students work with feelings they may not know that they are experiencing.

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An adorable story about feelings and what they do when no one is looking. Each feeling is perfectly matched with an activity. The story made me feeling peaceful end the simple illustrations go beautifully with the text. I would love to buy this book to share with my children.

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"Curiosity always climbs as high as possible ..." Always wants to know more, peeking through and observe what can satisfy their curiosity. I love this book, how the author and illustrator nailed the feelings like they are human. And my favorite is "Envy tramples all that is beautiful." So true, and a reminder to me to alleviate envy so I won't trample all that is beautiful. Would buy this in near future, and a good one for kids to identify their feelings better.

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The illustrations in the book are absolutely gorgeous and they link really well to the feelings. The book provides a wonderful opportunity to dive deeper into each of the feelings and consider how illustrations and text work together to make meaning. In the classroom, I think this will be a wonderful tool, to talk about feelings and what they look like/ feel like for different people, it's also going to provide endless opportunities for inferential questions development.

Wonderful book - cant wait to hopefully buy a copy for both home and school.

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Wow! This is such a cool book! Each page shows a picture of a creature who personifies a feeling or emotion. Accompanying the picture is 1-2 short lines of text naming the feeling and describing what it does. For example, fear is hiding (camouflaged) because often those who are afraid hide (freeze in fight, flight, freeze) and maybe also because people try to hide their fears from others - not wanting to let anyone in. Another example (my favourite lol) is nostalgia sniffs a scarf and in the picture we only see the back of nostalgia as they are looking at pictures framed on a wall of similar looking creatures wearing the scarf. Super cute lol. I think parents and kids would enjoy this book together. I also think that this would be a fabulous introduction to lessons on emotions, especially because there are so many different emotions described, many of which some children may have never heard of! The book ends with a reminder that all of these emotions are within all of us. I think that normalizing the fact that we experience a range of emotions daily is very important for even very young children. As a grade 3 teacher I could definitely see this book in my classroom library and would recommend it to parents and teachers of children in the age 4-10 range. I could also see it as part of a project for older children to look at figurative language and emotions that they may not know about such as nostalgia or longing. Thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book! I will definitely head out to pick up a copy once it is published!

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This book really made me think. What would my feelings be doing when no one is looking? I'm excited to use it with the children at my school to see what their thoughts are. Some of the things the feelings were doing instantly clicked with me. Others made me think and wonder and I know it will generate lots of discussion when we read it.

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Oh my heart! This book is absolutely breath taking and is perfect for discussing feelings and mental health. Each feeling is expressed through beautiful and whimsical characters, transpiring into an exceptionally touching book which will move you to tears. Nostalgia is the feeling that got my tears flowing. I will be using this book with my children, with children I work with and as a gift for adults. It’s a stunning book.

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This is a lovely illustrated book. It depicts different feelings in words and drawings. This is a good book for children, providing simple statements with huge meanings. It could easily be used as a springboard for many discussions, and also activities for allowing children’s expression can follow after reading. Recommended!

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This lovely picture book makes excellent use of the sparse drawings and words, taking a clever, sweet look at what simple, yet evocative images and words sum up the essence of various emotions. An excellent read for kids and grown ups alike.

Thank you to NetGalley and Elsewhere Editions for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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I wasn't expecting much, getting into this book. Although shorter and simpler than I'd initially anticipated, this little book pulls you in with it's humble prose. It was all laid down, simple with no complexities. And the metaphors were very on point. I think this takes us through a journey across feelings and emotions. Though I'm not the intended target audience, I found this book to be strangely soothing and think little kids would love reading through this.

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What an adorable children's book about emotions! The words are simple, descriptive and easy for a young child to understand. The illustrations compliment the writing and give just enough of an explanation to describe each feeling. This would be a nice addition to any child's home, school or public library.

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This black and white illustrated picture book is delightful and somber.
The different emotions portrayed as creatures is really beautiful.
I love the thought that went into each illustration, especially the sadder emotions.
My favourite is loneliness.

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This book is a good book for helping children understand certain emotions.
The illustrations are beautiful. The description and illustration describe each emotion almost perfectly. Although there were one or two emotions that weren't exactly how I pictured, they were all very, very well done.

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I work in a school with very young children, which is why I am always very interested in reading this kind of books. The theme, in addition to being interesting, is very important. There is still little talk of feelings and emotions at school and this book does so with delicacy and sweetness.
And all the illustrations are really well done!
Absolutely recommended!

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"Excitement races to a friend with a newly discovered book."

This delightful picture book is translated from Polish and is filled with whimsical illustrations that I want to frame and display on every wall.

I highly recommend this book for every library and classroom as it is perfect for Social Emotional Learning and Concept Skills. It could be a fun storytime book that lends itself to acting out the emotions and/or discussing what you do when you feel a certain way.

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What an adorable book.

In "What Feelings Do When No One's Looking", the reader is shown glimpses of what the feelings are up to in their spare time. Paired with the wonderful illustrations by Aleksandra Zajac, it felt like I was given a tour into the world of feelings. The feelings were beautifully expressed, the writing conveyed the feelings in a clear and creative way, and it was overall a quick and delightful reading experience.

I would love to share this book with my cousin's daughters, and I recommend this book for all readers who enjoy children's books, and for those who love to read books with children.

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This beautiful picture book has the look of Maurice Sendak’s “Where The Wild Things Are”.
The title of “What Feelings Do When No Ones Looking” is completely intriguing...,who wouldn’t want to know this info! This book makes you think deeply about emotions and it’s a perfect inspirational discussion book. I particularly like Calm pets a dog...I have certainly felt that. That’s a wonderful thing. And “Insecurities build cages”...what an opportunity to talk with a child or even a teenager about how our fears can keep us stuck. Highly recommend this book!

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What Feelings Do When No One's Looking is a beautifully illustrated children's books. I could keep going back to look at the amazing pictures. Looking at the pictures it tells the children a little about how that feeling makes us feel - Anger is shouting and big and mad. While Happiness simply sits and floats and smiles in a bubble.

This book is a great resources to help children understand feelings and would open up many conversations between adult and child reading together.

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This book is wonderful. Children often aren't taught much about their emotions but it's important that they understand what they are feeling and are able to label it. I think this book is a great starting point for parents / caregivers to begin having conversations about different emotions with their children. I could see if being a jumping off point for much deeper discussions about the things we feel, ie what else might sympathy / happiness / anxiety do? Also the illustrations are so fun.

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Whimsical illustrations bring simple sentences to life and help children relate to and talk about certain types of feelings in this gem of a book. A great choice when trying to bridge the gap and talk about emotions without seeming too serious and bogged down in detail. This book would be great for a classroom or school library as well where it could be used for counseling lessons as well. Aimed at the younger grades, but could also be used for writing prompts for upper elementary. Beautiful artwork makes feelings more relatable and less abstract for young readers. Great reread value!

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Just as 'Where the Wild Things' hit a chord without saying much, 'What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking' plucks at your emotions often in just three words per page. The feeling "monsters" remind me of Maurice Sendak's wild things in countenance and adventure though they are distinctly unique. Parents and children will love to relate to each richly drawn emotion.

WHO SHOULD READ IT: This is an excellent option for young children.

Thank you @Netgalley and @steerforthpress for early access to this ARC in return for an unbiased and voluntary review

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Oh my goodness- what a GEM this book is!! Every page I turned I smiled even more. The simple words and adorable illustrations would make young readers relate to all the emotions. As a teacher to young students I would recommend and read this book in my class. I can already think of cute ways on how to Implement this book. Wonderful! Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity to read this one.

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I’m an adult who neither has kids nor works with them; I just love well-written children’s books, because they have the unexpected ability to speak to adults, sometimes more profoundly than they do to kids. #WhatFeelingsDoWhenNoOnesLooking is one of them.

A two-page spread is allotted to each feeling, though for the most part, the illustrations lean towards minimalistic. I found this interesting — are the clean, crisp aesthetics reshaping illustrated children’s books? I’d have no idea, but I’d love the opportunity to hear about her artistic choices from the illustrator, Aleksandra Zając. Having grown up with Roald Dahl, I associate children’s books with kooky, vividly colourful illustrations. Here we have calm, muted greys and beiges, blues and pinks, desaturated greens and oranges. Joy, as is Happiness, is grey. Anger too, though huge and upset, is grey and not a blazing red. This choice, it seems to me, creates a more neutral environment for the target demographic to confront feelings that can be turbulent at times, and helps give the words more weight.

Most of what the feelings are up to are one-liners. Simple as they are, Tina Oziewicz succeeds in conveying all of the featured feelings’ essences.

Surely, some are standard expressions adults will have grown accustomed to: joy bounces, freedom sails, shame hides, happiness floats, sadness requires the comforting embrace of a blanket, “[t]rust builds bridges” (which in our corporate age sounds like a motivational poster on the walls of a hostile company’s HR department), anger is explosive, loneliness is by itself in an expansive desert. They are, however, accurate. As I have no experience with teaching children, I might be mistaken, but I believe these would help a small child identify and make sense of their feelings. (Another bleak side-note: it might not have this second meaning in Polish, but happiness floating in a soap bubble felt a bit dark for obvious reasons.)

Others were even more insightful, phrased in ways that make adults pause and ponder. “Insecurities build cages,” and “[f]ear pretends it isn’t there.” Here lies the power of a good children’s book: its ability to call out to and confront adults. It takes an adult a minute or two to read What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking from cover to cover, and I’d recommend sparing that time.

I wonder if any lyricism is lost to translation, as I’m accustomed to children’s books (especially ones that target 3 year olds) having a rhythmic rhyme. Regardless, Jennifer Croft’s translation is so good, the book feels authentic, as if it was written in English to begin with.

As I mentioned in the beginning, I have no idea about raising and dealing with children, so at this point I cheated a bit and read some other reviews. One mentioned this book being a great tool for a counsellor, and it made perfect sense. This is totally not my original idea, but I too would recommend this to counsellors and teachers, maybe even more than I would to parents or other legal guardians, as it feels to me it would benefit a lot from a pedagogically trained perspective helping the children through the book’s contents.

Thank you to #NetGalley and Elsewhere Editions for this heartwarming and thought-provoking DRC!

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What Feelings Do When No one Is Looking is an adorable book. With pictures to set the tone the author tells a tail of emotions hospitality bakes a cake, envy ruins everything that’s beautiful and it goes on and on. The best thing I have to report about this book is it is 100% accessible to children who depend on screen readers to enjoy your book. It is set up for picture description and I don’t know if every picture is but every picture I pressed worked. This book was originally written in Warsaw and translated and I am so thankful they did it as an adorable book and one that will get a lot of use in my household. It’s a book for children in preschool or younger. I was given this book by not Galli and I am leaving this review voluntarily please forgive any errors as I am blind and dictate my review but all opinions are definitely my own.

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This is an amazingly simple book exploring feelings and how we manifest them in our lives, how to recognise and name them.

Brilliant for parents, teachers, therapists and anyone who needs a ‘book hug’, this is a supportive book which allows the reader to associate with and relate to feelings, how our Feelings are manifested, and how we can support, indulge, or move on from them.

I loved this book and will be buying it for my school
Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book ahead of publication in exchange for an honest review

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Thank you to NetGalley and Archipelago, Elsewhere Editions for the DRC of ”What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking" by Tina Oziewicz. This is a wonderful and whimsical look at what our feelings would do if they were alive. Sometimes creatures, sometimes children, this book is fun, the illustrations have little details that jump out at you and provide an opportunity for further discussion. This is a great book to help children (or really, anyone) put names to describe how they’re feeling, and to increase their emotional vocabulary. I will be adding this to my personal print library at home, as well as to my counseling toolkit (for both children AND adults), and I highly recommend this book to every parent, teacher, counselor, and anyone else who works with children.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Archipelago, Elsewhere Editions for the DRC of ”What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking" by Tina Oziewicz. This is a wonderful and whimsical look at what our feelings would do if they were alive. Sometimes creatures, sometimes children, this book is fun, the illustrations have little details that jump out at you and provide an opportunity for further discussion. This is a great book to help children (or really, anyone) put names to describe how they’re feeling, and to increase their emotional vocabulary. I will be adding this to my personal print library at home, as well as to my counseling toolkit (for both children AND adults), and I highly recommend this book to every parent, teacher, counselor, and anyone else who works with children.

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What a lovely special book. This deserves to be a classic, a beautiful way to encourage children to visualise and name their emotions and at the end makes them realise that they can feel all of these at different points in their lives.

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What a beautiful imaginative story about feelings! I would recommend this book to anyone, would be great for a younger child read aloud as well as for older children.

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