The house has been turned upside down! There's paint on the walls, tire tracks on the carpet, and peas all over the floor.
But who's been making so much mess?
Can you guess?
This appealing import makes a couple of missteps but still merits consideration. Pictured on the front cover, young Bertie's generic "Indian" headdress of painted band and stand-up feathers may smack of cultural insensitivity to some. Adult readers might also object to the fact that, despite their obvious guilt, each child denies culpability for a variety of typical childhood crimes (tracking mud, dropping peas, painting on the walls, etc.). And readers of all ages might wonder under what circumstances five children of roughly the same (preschool) age and varying ethnicities might all share the same house with one utterly adorable spotted dog. Once past these hurdles, however, an infectious, rhyming call-and-response text with the title as a repeated refrain and charmingly childlike pictures in muted colors will likely lead to both audience participation and requests to "Read it again!" Observant young listeners will particularly enjoy Jess the Pup's obvious but unmentioned part in the mischief, while parental concerns about the implausible denials may be soothed by the children's willingness to tidy up after themselves. Playful and satisfying. (Picture book. 3-6)
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- Product dimensions:
- 10.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 2 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Nicola Killen recently completed her graduate studies at the Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University, where she received a MA in Children's Illustration, and was awarded the 2009 New Talent Award. She lives in Cambridge, England. Not Me! is her first book for young readers. You can visit her online at www.nicolakillen.blogspot.com.
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