The premise of the story is cute and tried-and-true: accepting yourself as you are, even if you are seen as “weird” and “different” from your peers. If you are a parent looking for a book with this message, this quick book may be worth giving a try.
By the end of the story, the “weird” emoji who was ostracized by the other emojis, becomes accepted by the others, since it is so versatile and adaptable. And the best part is that he can be whatever he wants to be, he’s a blank canvas, he need only use his imagination.
I did find that the grammar was off, and I found myself mentally inserting commas into the sentences: all of which was very distracting for me. Also, the illustrations were too bare and spare here. I think more colour, more boldness (if you will) would’ve made this very simple story, with a theme that’s familiar to so many kid-lit readers, POP.
Overall, a good idea to do this story with emojis instead of using little children or plants and animals, which has been done to death. The Lonely Little Emoji is available at Amazon.