Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review - It Wasn't Me!

It Wasn't Me!
by Daniel Fehr
illustrated by Pauline Reeves
Date: 2019
Publisher: nubeOcho
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 24
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

When a budding artist paints on a wall, each child is quick to claim the credit until they think they will get the blame as well. This colorful story points the finger at taking responsibility for your actions in a lighthearted, yet nonetheless clear way that is sure to resonate with young children and their caregivers alike.

(synopsis from NetGalley; see it on Goodreads)

I can't say I agree with the synopsis. There is nothing "clear" about the message, unless the message is to foist responsibility for bad behaviour onto someone else. When the kids think they're in trouble from the booming voice, they deny having anything to do with the painted wall. When it becomes clear that the painted wall is viewed as a good thing, they all want to take credit... and add to the artwork. When they wreck it, they all go back to denying their involvement and try to shift blame to a poor little toddler.

I'm not impressed. I was hoping for a better message here. Really, though, this book just encourages kids to dodge responsibility.

Thank you to NetGalley and nubeOcho for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 2/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 1/5

Overall: 2 out of 5

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