Was Not Me! By Shannon Horsfall (Angus & Robertson, an imprint of Harper Collins) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781460752463
Reviewed by Sharon McGuinness
‘I have a naughty twin brother, who only I can see. A cheeky twin brother. His name is Not Me.’
Horsfall’s debut as author illustrator introduces us to every child’s alter ego ‘Not Me’. From the opening pages we know that there will be mischief, stern denials and parents with hands firmly on hips, but eagerly turn the pages, looking for Not Me’s next bit of mischief.
From the first reading, every child will identify with Not Me – even older children. Horsfall has created a clever rhyming story with a perfect ending – matched with her own simple, illustrations. On every page of Not Me’s antics, we view part of his leg and foot – running to the next page to create more havoc!
This is a thoroughly enjoyable story and one certain to be popular with anyone with children – mischievous or not.