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I’m Not (Pam Smallcomb) – Review

on September 16, 2011
I'm not
I’m Not by Pam Smallcomb Illustrated by Robert Weinstock
Age: Pre-K (picture book)
Schwartz & Wade Press, 2011
ISBN: 9780375861154
Find this book at your local library

Evelyn is many, many things: a circus performer, an artist, and mysterious to name a few. Our nameless main character is none of these things. With the help of her friend Evelyn, our main character soon realizes that she has many wonderful attributes as well.

This is a great book for siblings, for children who feel inferior or unaccomplished. It’s a creative way to realize that just because you are not like your best friend, doesn’t mean that you don’t have any special talents. This can most definitely be applied to siblings and sibling rivalry. Although we spend the majority of the book learning what the character is not, there is a decent chunk of book devoted to what she is: a fantastic baker, good at spelling and good at karate.

The illustrations are full-page and colorful, carefully detailing the actions of the sentences. The figures, baby dinosaur shapes, are endearing and highly animated. This is great for a storytime session, as well as to read at home.

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