Play With Me by Michelle Lee

   Play With Me by Michelle Lee, G.P Putnam’s Sons, 9780399546013, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or starred review)  4

What did you like about the book? Pip and Nico are friends. Pip brings a wagon full of toys to Nico and asks him to play. Nico agrees to play, but then proceeds to bring out his cello to play. When Pip tires of Nico not playing with him, and only playing his cello,  he storms off. Nico finally realizes that it’s more fun to play music with someone than alone, and he includes Pip. They finally come up with something fun to do together. The illustrations are simple, yet clever as Michelle Lee shows all the ways Pip tries to engage Nico. He ties one end of the rope to the cello in order to play jump rope, or he puts dress up clothes on Nico as he continues to play the cello. The book has a nice message of friends finding common ground to play together.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I liked everything about this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Children ages 3-5 will love the illustrations and the simple text. This is also a good book to read to preschools and kindergarten classes about the give and take of play.

Who should buy this book? Preschools, daycares and elementary school libraries.

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: March 24, 2017


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