Was Not Me
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
When there is a big mess in the house, Not Me is the cause. When the bathroom is flooded after battles fought with tough pirates, Not Me is responsible. When the garden is trashed because masses of monkeys have been chased away, it’s Not Me’s fault. And when the bed breaks because it’s been used by a circus tumbler, Not Me has done it again.
This is a funny and familiar story about a little boy and his invisible twin brother Not Me whom he holds accountable whenever something that is done that makes his mum cross. Young readers will resonate with its invisible friend theme but they will also like the ending which exposes the real culprit. As well as the rhyming text which invites the reader to join in with “Not ME”, the pictures cleverly incorporate the leg of Not Me running off to the next page to cause some more mischief and inviting us to tag along. And although we don’t see mum looking cross and cranky, we do see the little boy looking very sheepish and remorseful and you just know that he will own up to the devilment because mums ALWAYS know!
A charming debut story for this new author-illustrator.