Written by Siska Goeminne and illustrated by Merel Eyckerman, No One Else Like You is a lovely children’s book that promotes diversity, equality, and acceptance of others. The story itself reads as a poem, with alliteration and rhymes, which my children loved (especially when I read it in a sing-song voice). The illustrations are beautiful, whimsical even, turning everyday settings into a show of how different we all are but how our differences all fit together seamlessly. I could easily put one of the pictures in a frame on the wall, that’s how lovely I think they are.
We loved how the book naturally shows human strengths and weaknesses, preferences and beliefs, and how the overall message is to always accept our differences as natural and to embrace them. It’s a great way to help kids understand that we are all very diverse and that this is normal, and also a way to show kids that they are never alone.
My eldest kids are two and three and enjoy reading the story with me, and also enjoyed pointing at the illustrations and making up their own stories. This book is a great gift for anyone with kids between two and 6 in my opinion!
"People believe in different things: Many people believe in God.Others believe in secret powers, Santa Claus or the beams of the moon, in daisies and cows, in a heaven full of stars, or in nothing at all. Some believe in themselves, for a start."
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the copy!