Lizzy is Busy

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/27/2023
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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Lizzy is Busy is a children's story written by Marlee Jean and illustrated by Emily Heasman. Lizzy is a young sloth whose mind is always busy. While most sloths love to spend their days sleeping, Lizzy has far too much going on inside her mind to sleep. Her body constantly wants to dance, sing, and move. Lizzy also excels at encouraging her friends to always be their very best. With so much energy, Lizzy sometimes speaks before she has been asked to do so. Sounds, change, and touch can sometimes overwhelm Lizzy. Even when she has done her very best at a task, there are times when she feels like this is not enough and she breaks down. Those are the times when being alone is much more calming than being with others. Deep breaths help. Lizzy's talents allow her to disappear inside her own world while expressing herself with art and toys.

Lizzy certainly is a busy little sloth! Marlee Jean takes us on a visual tour into the world of people wired differently than most. With so much going on inside her head, Lizzy sees the world differently and processes what she sees in her own way. So many people assume that if somebody does not react the way we expect them to, they must be rude or broken, but instead of judging that person, try to see the world from their perspective. As a Deaf woman, I am often yelled at for my rudeness or stupidity, when the truth is that I simply didn't hear what was happening in the world around me. While I am not Lizzy, I can fully empathize with her differences in processing the world around her. Each one of us has our own way of reacting to different things, and I am thankful to Marlee Jean and Emily Heasman for introducing us to Lizzy's world. I wholeheartedly recommend Lizzy is Busy to all young readers aged between 5 and 12 years, so children can learn at a young age that we are all different, which does not make us any less important than the rest of the world.