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Feb 19 2018

Me too by Erika Geraerts and Charl Laubscher

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Ill. by Andy Murray 'Gatsby'. Walker Books Australia, 2018. ISBN 9781925381900
(Age: 3-6) Me too is a delightful and simple exploration of friendship as a young girl and boy express their wishes for someone to share in their activities. There is a simplicity to the dialogue, a repetition and a refrain that a young audience will quickly pick up and repeat. " 'I hope I find a someone who wants to go on adventures every day,' states the little girl. 'Me too,' replies the young boy." Their wishes include someone to dress up, stay up late and talk, build castles and a someone who will make dessert for breakfast.
This easy to read story shows the joy and entertainment two children have as they develop their relationship. No electronics, fancy equipment or expensive toys, just everyday items, dress ups from a wardrobe, a bed filled with toys, a sheet castle constructed draped across the lounge furniture, help them to have fun.
Andy Murray's minimalist illustrations use a pastel palette with line drawings to capture the simplicity of the text. Jumping on the bed, balancing on one leg on a chair, raiding the fridge for a late night snack, he portrays the development of this friendship, through a range of enjoyable scenes without a parent in sight.
Me too is a lovely story to share with a young family and in an early childhood setting as it explores the beginnings of friendships. This picture book provides opportunities to discuss the importance of sharing, listening and encouraging the development of new relationships.
Rhyllis Bignell

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