Nobody Here but Me

Judith Viorst; Pictures by Christine Davenier

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

It’s a little after four o’clock, and everyone’s busy. Mom’s on the phone, Dad’s checking e-mail, and Katie’s playing games with a friend. But there’s one other person in the house, and no matter what he does – from painting a blue heart on the wall to turning the kitchen into a catastrophe (that’s a really big mess) – none of his distracted family members come to stop him. What does a person have to do to get noticed around here?

This laugh-out-loud story by best-selling author Judith Viorst, accompanied by Christine Davenier’s charming illustrations, perfectly captures how lonely it can feel even when the house is full of people – and just what it takes to get some attention.


Praise for Nobody Here but Me

“Viorst, as always, respects her readers too much to preach to them; instead, she empathetically and accurately mirrors their feelings so they can savor the injustice while understanding that it, too, will pass.”  —Publishers Weekly

“This book addresses a universal childhood experience. Librarians will see possibilities for reader’s theater—just a few children needed and every free-verse line perfect to read aloud.” —School Library Journal

“Funny, well-illustrated, and re-readable.” —Sacramento Book Review

“Viorst’s text is emotionally on-target; Davenier’s loose watercolor illustrations appropriately isolate the boy in small vignettes or within otherwise unoccupied interiors to add an extra touch of feeling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Children will enjoy the antics involved in this look at family dynamics, and realize that although a situation may be frustrating, it probably won’t last forever. The outcome might even be fun.”

“This is a touching read for all children who feel left out.” —Winston-Salem Journal        

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Judith Viorst; Pictures by Christine Davenier

  • JUDITH VIORST is the author of the perennial favorite Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, among other books for children and adults. She lives in Washington, D.C. CHRISTINE DAVENIER has illustrated many books, including Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky and Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She lives in Paris, France.

  • Judith Viorst Milton Viorst
  • Christine Davenier Louis Bourjac


Available Formats and Book Details

Nobody Here but Me

Judith Viorst; Pictures by Christine Davenier

Society of School Librarians International Book Award Honor
  • Hardcover