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In spare, poignant, direct prose, I Hate Everyone paints a nuanced and honest portrait of the complex emotional lives of children.
“I Hate Everyone”. In our worst moods, it’s a phrase you just want to shout out loud, even if deep down, you don’t really mean it. Set at a birthday party, the disgruntled first-person narration portrays the confusing, often contradictory feelings that can sometimes make it impossible to be nice- particularly when what you might need most is for someone to be nice to you. A gorgeous, poetic contemplation, sure to elicit a reaction from readers. A worthy successor to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No-Good Very Bad Day.
Naomi Danis is the managing editor of Lilith magazine, independent, Jewish & frankly feminist. I HATE EVERYONE is her fourth book for young children. When she is not busy enjoying herself in spite of herself at birthday parties and napping on airplanes and trains as a long distance grandmother, she can often be found preparing meals for herself, her family and friends in her Forest Hills kitchen, and composting in her garden. She loves leftovers. She is an absolute beginner at ballet. She is working on worrying less about surprises. Did you ever wish someone would go away and leave you alone, and then change your mind?
Based in Madrid, Cinta Arribas is a frequent contributor to Flow Magazine and The Debrief, among others. In addition to her editorial work, she had created illustrations for a number of children’s books, from a coloring book to a recipe book, and her work has been featured in several anthologies. Coco ¿dónde estás? was her first full-length picture book, which she wrote and illustrated, and was published in Spain and the United States. Her work is colorful and expressive; it plays with a subtle sense of humor that highlights the fact that life should always be a little fun. Her pieces are delicate scenes in which everyday life is combined with irreverence to create a tender and, at times, disturbing universe.