Monday 7 November 2011

Not me!

Not me! written and illustrated by Nicola Killen (Egmont)
PB RRP $6.00
ISBN 978-14054830-3
Reviewed by Lillian Rodrigues-Pang

How do you guarantee a book is attractive to children? Present mess on every page? How do you make a book attractive to parents? Present the children cleaning up at the end.

This is essentially the story of Not me! With double spreads of full colour graphics the book offers gorgeous images of all the mess and trouble that kids (or a puppy) can get up to, from handprints on the walls, puddles on the floor to muddy bike tracks indoors.

The very cute resolution gives us an image of a tired puppy and the kids having to clean the house. This is a book that could be read as a warning for all those kids who are begging for a dog.

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