When I saw Julie Parker’s post about her book, Why Me?, on Instagram, I knew it was something I wanted my kids to read. So I asked her if I could grab a review copy, and Ms. Parker happily obliged.
My plan was a little different than the one I normally use when I review books. With this one, I wanted to read it myself, then have my son read it, and last, have my daughter read it. I assumed this way we could each have our opinions separately, so when I reviewed it, I would have a more rounded view of the book.
A bright, colorful children’s book that shows children that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
I thought the idea for this book was a great one. All children should know that no one is perfect, and that our differences make the world the amazing place it is. That’s the kind of attitude I have been working to instill in my children, and the attitude I see parents the world over trying to teach every day.
My initial impression was that this was a cute book with a good message. When I read it to my son, however, I noticed that there were a few things that threw him off.
Regular readers will know that my son is high-functioning autistic, and reading isn’t one of his favorite subjects. However, he has made great strides in the past year, and has come to love several books, and a whole book series.
This book seemed to confuse him because of the poetic style it is written in. The repetition of certain words after each line gave him pause. He looked to me several times for confirmation that he was reading it correctly. He also reported at the end that he thought this book was “too long,” though it’s really quite short. I think this was because he had so much trouble with it.
My daughter, on the other hand, found it a quick read. (She’s 10, though, and a voracious reader.) She said it was a good book for young readers, but noted that it might have “too many big words for little kids.”
With all that being said, I give this book three of five stars. I think that it’s a great book to be read to small children, especially in a classroom setting, to teach empathy and understanding of people who are different.