Title: Am I Yours?
Written and illustrated by: Alex Latimer
Published by: Oxford University Press
This lovely ‘identity’ story that will bring a tear to your eye. It is about a dinosaur egg, which is pushed out of its nest by an icy wind. A host of different dinosaurs try to discover who the egg belongs to, before night fall. I like the way Alex Latimer ranks up the tension by telling the reader the egg will not survive another cold night.
This book is is cleverly written in rhyme with a catchy repeated phrase:
‘What do you look like inside the shell?
I can’t see so I can’t tell.’
It encompasses the themes of kindness, community and working as a team.
Am I Yours? by Alex Latimer would be a great book to introduce young children to the species of different dinosaurs and their characteristics. The illustrations are bold and eye-catching with charming, friendly dinosaur faces that every child will fall in love with. The end papers are full of even more dinosaurs for children to enthusiastically spot. It could be used in the classroom as a fun way to discuss similarities and differences in body parts.
This book review was previously published on the online Armadillo Children’s Book Review Magazine.