Eric Drachman, Author, Isabelle Decenciere, Illustrator , illus. by Isabelle Decencière, read by the author and a full cast. Kidwick Books $18.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-9703809-2-0

Author/actor/doting uncle Drachman (Leo the Lightning Bug ) has created a book-and-audio series as an answer to providing unique gifts to his young nieces and nephews. On It's Me! Drachman narrates the tale of Patricia, a preschooler with a big imagination and a penchant for dress up. Patricia appears to her family as a princess, witch, a Little Mommy and finally a girl named Patricia. Everyone indulges her—except for the seemingly know-it-all brother, Danny. The role of Patricia, played beautifully by Drachman's real-life cousin Siva, will strike a chord of familiarity with young listeners and plenty of parents/caregivers. Humorous sound effects and Drachman's rich, friendly voice and playful storytelling style (which includes additional recorded introductions to the stories) make this a welcome entry to the genre. A third volume in the line, Ellison the Elephant , about an elephant who learns to play jazz on his trunk, also by Drachman and illustrated by James Muscarello, has been released simultaneously. Ages 4-8. (Dec. 2004)

Reviewed on: 01/10/2005
Release date: 11/01/2005
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