The Lonely Little Emoji

Children - Picture Book
18 Pages
Reviewed on 03/20/2019
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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

The Lonely Little Emoji by Harry Harmon is a children’s picture book about an emoji without any features. A story filled with rhyme brings us an issue that people deal with from day to day; that of bullying. The lonely little emoji eventually is able to find a way into the world of those who have seemingly been against him from the very beginning. This is because he doesn’t look like the rest of them, which they find to be odd and off-putting. Illustrated by Kelly Harmon, the characters and backgrounds are more subtle with subdued colors and work perfectly with the narration of the story line.

Harry Harmon’s The Lonely Little Emoji brought up a lot for me from my own past. I feel that others who have been bullied or teased in the past will be able to read this story and may be able to find more courage to overcome what they face every day. Kelly Harmon’s illustrations don’t overpower the story line in any way, and their simple approach heightens the message of what is being said by not being over elaborate. Kids especially will also tend to gravitate to the artwork and the expressiveness of the emojis within it. Children and adults will find something they both can take away from The Lonely Little Emoji. This is an inspiring message about not giving up and embracing who you are as an individual, without worrying about what anyone else thinks. This is a message we are always in need of hearing again.