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Friday 21 November 2014

Review: It Wasn't Me

Finnigan is forever getting into strife. The bath overflows, his breakfast spills everywhere and an indoor plant falls out of its pot, forever broken. ‘But Mum, it wasn’t me,’ is always Finnigan’s reply.

Look carefully and you will find his imaginary monster friend hiding on nearly every page. This imaginary friend’s mischief is big and the adventures that he creates are monster-sized.

Belinda Jeffrey’s bright, colourful illustrations let you think that you know where the story is going, but don’t be fooled. The leaps in imagination required between some pages are giant. Little ones and adults alike need their thinking caps on to discover the story logic. The fact that the majority of text is made up of only six words leaves enormous space for collective storytelling: there will be animated discussion.

And then, when the entire It Wasn’t Me journey turns on its head on the final page, I want to read the entire story again. This is not a read-alone book. It Wasn’t Me is full of points for discussion and these discussions will change every time the pages of It Wasn’t Me are explored.

A dream book for collaborative story-telling.

There are teachers' notes available for this title.

Title: It Wasn’t Me
Author/Illustrator: Belinda Jeffrey
Publisher: UQP $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: September 2013
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780702249877
For ages: 3+ years
Type: Picture Book