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I Don’t Care

Juana Martinez-Neal

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    • Title: I Don’t Care
    • Publisher: Neal Porter Books – Holiday House
    • Release Date: November 8, 2022
    • Author: Julie Fogliano
    • Illustrators: Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal
    • Age Level: 3-7, 32 pages
    • ISBN: 978-0-8234-4345-1

A New York Times bestselling author and two Caldecott Honorees share their delight in the little things that set two friends apart, and the big things that bring them together.

I really don’t care what you think of my hair
Or my eyes or my toes or my nose
I really don’t care what you think of my boots
Or if you don’t like my clothes. . .

Mostly I care that you’re you and I’m me
And I care that we’re us and we’re we.

This rhythmic, rhyming text by award-winning author Julie Fogliano celebrates the similarities and differences between two unlikely best friends.  It will be illustrated by two recent Caldecott Honorees, each depicting one of the characters, Molly Idle and Juana Martinez-Neal.


★ (…) will doubtlessly take up residence in readers’ hearts (…) Show you care by sharing this book with others. —Starred review

★ While effective picture books grow from the combining of words and images, this book takes the collaboration a step further by drawing on the talents of real-life best friends and Caldecott honorees Idle and Martinez-Neal (…) The result is a warm, loving celebration of how to be a friend, and a successful artistic experiment. —Starred review

Horn Book:

It’s all about the body language in this enjoyable collaboration (…) Thoroughly charming notes from each illustrator close this winning outing.

Accompanying fervent text by Fogliano (My Best Friend) that tumbles forth in a burst of confessions, friends Idle (Witch Hazel) and Martinez-Neal (A Perfect Fit) team up to create a visual story about friendship. With soft graphite strokes and linocut highlights in teal and yellow (…) images of shared experience following conflict, add warmth to this testament to faithful companionship.

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