It’s Just My Imagination
Black Rose Writing (2009)
Reviewed by Evan Weldon (age 7) for Reader Views (5/09)
“It’s Just My Imagination” by Rick Keeling is about things kids can do with their imagination like pretending to be president while standing at the kitchen table, like jumping off a swing and pretending to fly, or like standing in front of a mirror singing with the radio and pretending there is an audience.
There is no main character in the book that you can get to know. There is a picture of a red-haired boy who does all different make-believe play, but you never even get to know his name. You can’t tell if he is a good guy or a bad guy, but he looks like he is having fun (even though his smile is always off kilter).
The illustrations in the book looked kind of splotchy and not very detailed. Each page was completely covered with the illustration, and sometimes the writing was over dark parts of the picture making it hard to read. It was difficult to tell what some of the things in the pictures were. In one part, the boy is pretending to drive an 18-wheeler, but the picture only has 16 wheels on the truck.
I recommend “It’s Just My Imagination” by Rick Keeling to people aged thirty and over because I think that all kids know how much fun it is to pretend, but some grown-ups need to be reminded how important pretend play can be for kids.