Title: I’m Not by Pam Smallcomb & Robert Weinstock
Summary: Two friends; one is many things while the other is not. Either way, they still love one another.
Age: 4-6 years
The illustrations are charming and detailed. (They are quite reminiscent of James Marshall’s illustrations in the George and Martha books.)
The vulnerability and insecurity of the main characters is believable and some children will easily be able to relate to it.
The final message, that it’s okay to be different, is a powerful and important one for children to be exposed to.
This story is based upon a good moral but it’s poorly written. I think children in the target age range would have problems understanding it.
The setting is all over the place, which distracts readers from the moral and tender relationship between the two main characters.
Usage: The book is intended for story time but I would not use it.