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NOT ME! by Nicola Killen


by Nicola Killen & illustrated by Nicola Killen

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60684-123-5
Publisher: Egmont USA

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)