Reviews for Me & Neesie
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Fall
This thirtieth-anniversary edition is re-illustrated in full color by a frequent Greenfield collaborator. This timeless story of Janell and her imaginary friend Nessie is well served by the bright new illustrations of the mischievous girls at play. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 January
PreS-Gr 2-This 30th-anniversary edition of Greenfield's beloved title features fresh, full-color watercolor-and-ink paintings. Gilchrist's update, a lively contrast to the duotone (pink and black) scenes created by Moneta Barnett in 1975, is sure to attract a new generation of readers. The warm palette depicts the antics of an African-American girl and her mischievous imaginary friend. Neesie's form is as defined and vibrant as her real counterpart, until Janell's first day of school. Then Neesie's body becomes transparent, and when Janell returns home in the afternoon, she can't find her companion anywhere. The text has been modified slightly: the concept of "spanking" now reads as "would have been in trouble," and some of the language has been changed to Standard English, although much of the vernacular remains. All children will relate to the universal quest for friendship and security and will find comfort in this loving family's support during a time of transition.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.