Me, Too! / by Annika Dunklee; illustrated by Lori Joy Smith. 12.16.2015

Kids Can Press ISBN 9781771381048

PRI PS-Grade 2 Rating: 3

Best friends Annie and Lillemor are similar in many ways, but suddenly Annie feels threatened when another girl at school seems to have even more in common with Lillemor.

Me, Too! By Annika Dunklee is a picture book story about old and new friendships. This cute, simple story combines likeable characters, whimsical drawings, and a helpful lesson for young readers. Author Annika Dunklee elevates the reading level by including Swedish and French phrases and their translations. Annie does not speak a foreign language as her friends do—so she makes one up! This part of the dialogue may be pleasantly silly for some readers but confusing to others.

Lori Joy Smith’s pencil and Photoshop-colored illustrations have a two-dimensional cartoon quality that works well with the speech-bubbled text. Me, Too! would be a fun read-aloud in a library or classroom setting, especially at the kindergarten level when children are meeting and learning to share new friends.

Nina Ditmar, CLJ