I’m Me! by Sara Sheridan, illustrations by Margaret Chamberlain
When Imogen visits her Aunt Sara, she asks immediately to play pretend. Aunt Sara offers to pretend that Imogen is a monkey on the beach. Or perhaps a beautiful princess with a gown and a crown. Or a witch’s cat with magic wands. Or a pirate’s parrot searching for buried treasure. Or a dragon-taming knight. Or an astronaut. But Imogen wants to be only one things today, herself! So she and her Auntie Sara head to the park, play on the swings, eat ice cream, and then curl up on the couch together to share some stories.
Sheridan has created a book with a romping rhythm that keeps it moving quickly and merrily along. The options that are given for different themes to play together are clever, silly and invitingly fun. The book speaks to every child’s dream, an adult who is eager to play not only with them, but to play exactly what the child wants to play.
Chamberlain’s illustrations are done first in pen and ink on paper and then loaded into the computer to add color and texture. This gives a pleasing combination of hand-drawn lines and deep computer colors. The bright, bold colors and jaunty textures add zest to the title.
An invitation to play and imagine, this book is appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic.