Not Me! was published in 2010 by Egmont Books in the UK.
I guess Killen and her editors at Egmont don't know that playing Indian in this stereotypical way is not cool. I'm pretty sure that Killen wouldn't have a kid in black face... And even if she did, her editors would reject it outright...
Digging around online, I see that its Subjects categories include Social Issues, and Manners & Etiquette. Pretty ironic, eh? Playing Indian is a social issue! It may seem like harmless fun, and some may characterize it as "honoring" American Indians, but, either way, it isn't harmless and it isn't honorable.
Instead, it contributes to mistaken and erroneous ideas about who American Indians were/are... Honor goes hand in hand with respect. How would you define or demonstrate respect?
Digging around some more, I see (on blog posts and AmazonUK reviews) that young children love it and want it read to them again and again.
Nobody says WTF!!! (Ok, that isn't a polite thing to say, but I'm a bit frustrated reading all the comments about "how wonderful" it is...)
I'm tagging this as not recommended.
Update: Monday, 8:12 AM CST, June 13, 2011
I submitted a comment yesterday to Killen's blog. She replied, and I've replied. If you're interested in the developing conversation, here's the link: Show and Tell: The Picturebook Makers.
I also submitted a comment to the Not Me! page on the Amazon website. It generated a response from "J Bennett" who also submitted a review saying:
"I love this book. Just the perfect gift for any little ones that you may know. I wish I had more nephews and nieces to buy this for! Cute and fun in equal measure!"
I don't know if she submitted her review before or after reading mine.