Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Dec 12, 2015

I’m a girl!

Yasmeen Ismail
Bloomsbury Children’s Books
ISBN: 9781408857007
RRP: $15.99

Never judge a book by its cover – or its title at least. Here it is a protest rather than a statement of fact. The energetic and feisty protagonist loves to get into the action. She is messy, impulsive, noisy and fast – on the running track and the skateboard. She is also being mistaken for a boy all the time. Her loud protests turn a few stereotypes on their heads and of course she is destined to meet a boy – not to meet her match, but to become best friends. The brief but boisterous text is assertively emphatic. Splashy wet watercolour illustrations are spontaneous and lively. The story is nothing about gender but being able to be yourself and enjoying it. All children realise this in this tale.