Who Am I?

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

One hot day in the middle of the jungle a strange little creature hatches out of an egg. “Who am I?” he asks himself. Off he plods through the tall grass to find out. He meets many animals but all of them are different. Will he ever find out who he is and what makes him special?

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2012
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039090, JUV002220, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9 x 10.5
Lexile 460
ATOS Reading Level 4.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 149029
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Gervase Phinn

Gervase Phinn is a bestselling author and poet, teacher, freelance lecturer, educational consultant, school inspector, visiting professor of education, and (last but by no means least) father of four. The majority of his time is spent in schools with teachers and children. He is best known for his autobiographical accounts of his time as a school inspector in the Yorkshire Dales, which have been likened to James Herriot's books.

Illustrator: Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He has been named the best-selling illustrator in the UK three years in a row. He lives in Macclesfield, England.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2013
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2013


Library Media Connection

“Children will enjoy hearing this story over and over again.” —Library Media Connection

The Horn Book Guide

“‘Could you tell me who I am and where I come from?’ a newly hatched creature asks of each in a series of unhelpful jungle animals. Readers will enjoy watching the creature change his look to resemble each animal before he’s found by his loving mother: a chameleon. This sweet tale of identity-seeking features energetic, roomy illustrations in lollipop colors.” —The Horn Book Guide


“The story has a cumulative rhythm, which makes it ideal for reading aloud, and children will have fun identifying the animals. Ross’ illustrations make effective use of solid lines, primary colors, and the chameleon’s googly expression as he ponders his place in the world.” —Booklist

School Library Journal

“Ross’s pen, ink, and watercolor cartoon illustrations are large and uncluttered. Repetition adds rhythm to the story, and the dialogue, which emphasizes descriptive words about each animal, gives readers a chance to give the characters interesting voices.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Phinn’s story delivers a simple, solid good time: the brisk, British-inflected narration is fun to read aloud, and the effortless cartooning from Ross gets maximum comic mileage from the contrast between the persistent, bug-eyed hero and his much larger jungle counterparts.” —Publishers Weekly