There’s not a word, not a detail too many.

August Prize jury

Everyone Walks Away


Everyone Walks Away

A beautiful, multi-layered children’s book about loneliness, exclusion and belonging.

Written by Eva Lindström

Translated by Julia Marshall


  • Description

    Frank feels lonely when everyone walks away. Tilly, Paul and Milan are having fun. Frank cries tears into a pan and then adds sugar, and cooks and stirs for hours. Frank has made jam, his very own recipe.
    He will now invite the others for afternoon tea.
    “The people are so small on the large spreads, the surroundings are diffuse, the colours melancholic. Even the objects are on their own. Leaves drop like tears. A gate, a fence, a cul-de-sac; all become barriers, excluding. There’s not a word, not a detail too many” August Prize jury

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Sweden
    Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Foreword Reviews

      The book is eloquent yet playful with an emotionally charged message, and audiences will root for Frank as he takes a risk, sharing pieces of himself.

    2. Kirkus Reviews

      Frank is used to being left out. This time, he creatively embraces his loneliness with the hope of luring friendship closer.

    3. Booksellers NZ

      It is a quiet story that will touch the reader. Everyone Walks Away is a real portrayal of friendships and belonging that deserves to be read aloud.

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