Just for Me

Viking. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781984835277.
Toddler-PreS–In this follow-up to Just One More, Ruby, a blonde, blue-eyed little girl, likes to say, “Just for me!” each time she acquires something special: a dolly, a toy castle, and even a friend! A brown-skinned child in green rain boots comes running up Ruby’s sidewalk; but quickly, Ruby claims things are just for her. When her friend tries on a tiara, Ruby grabs it back, which results in it snapping in half. Ruby’s father exclaims his displeasure and suggests: “How about sharing when it’s more than just you?” The subsequent pages illustrate playtime for two, and a goodbye hug “just for you,” and, in final spread, “Mommy and Daddy just for you…” with a pregnant Mommy on the opposite page “for now.” Large-scale digitally enhanced oil painted illustrations on bright, solid-colored pages focus the action and complement the story clearly.
VERDICT Pair with Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama Time to Share for a storytime focused on sharing. Recommended for large picture book collections

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