Have you ever wondered where all the cake has gone, or who's responsible for the mess at your place? This children's picture book won't give you a definitive answer, but after reading it, I predict your kids will be ready to make a guess.
Not Me! was written and illustrated by Nicola Killen, and published by Egmont UK (2010). It's a simple, rhyming text, consisting mostly of questions and answers which children will love to ask and respond to. But it's a very clever book, providing lots of opportunities for children not only to participate, but to predict and to think about consequences.
Who's been playing in the rain?
NOT me! said Jane.
The illustrations are large, simple and clear. They are also quite textured, with splotches of mud, painted handprints and dirty bike tracks all contributing to the mess the children make. Each double page spread has clues for us to predict who is responsible, both visual and rhyming.
This truly is a delightful book, ideal for pre-school and young school children. It would make a great focus for a discussion about responsibility, and be a perfect choice to adapt as a Reader's Theatre. Kids could also innovate on the text in their own writing, by using the question and answer format. Follow up by reading other classic question and answer tales like Who Killed Cock Robin? and The Little Red Hen.
(According to Nicola Killen's blog, Not Me! will be available in the USA in September 2010.)