Happy Thursday! This week’s pick reminds us that somewhere somebody loves us, even if we don’t realize it.
Title: Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch // Eileen Spinelli, published 1991
Memories: Mr. Hatch is a sad man who does the same thing every day and no one seems to appreciate him. That was most of what I recalled when I picked this one up. I remember being sad for Mr. Hatch, not even able to imagine getting up at 6:30 a.m. (oh I wish that was still true…), thinking cheese sandwiches sounded gross (which they are NOT), and being so happy that somebody (spoilers: EVERYBODY) loved Mr. Hatch.
Thoughts as an adult: Oh, this book gave me so many sad and happy feels! The emotional rollercoaster is marvelously written, as Mr. Hatch goes from sad lonely man to happy friendly neighbor all due to a valentine’s chocolate delivery. BUT THEN the postman (appropriately named “Mr. Goober”) tells Mr. Hatch he delivered the heart to the wrong house…and Mr. Hatch spirals into an even deeper sadness because he thinks no one loves him at all. BUT THEN the neighbors rally and everybody loves Mr. Hatch. I mean, this story is intense and the illustrations are fantastic and has a depth I had totally missed as a child.
Does it hold up? Most definitely. This is actually a really great story of sadness and awareness and community, and I think it can lead to conversations about support systems and being open to those around you who care about you.
Until next time, happy reading!