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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.

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A character starts out in a science fiction story but quickly realizes this is not his story! He alerts the author who is sure this is the correct story for this character. The character then goes on a quest to find HIS story as the author drags him along through a variety of genres. Older readers will get a kick out of the character's protests as the author tries genre after genre to place the character until the character finally requests they co-write.

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This picture book is fun. I imagine it could be used for older kids in classrooms learning about genres. I'm not sure if really young kids will understand the humor, but I enjoyed it.

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This is a fourth-wall breaking graphic novel good for a younger crowd. It's lively and engaging and downright funny at times. It's a fun introduction to genre, but would probably be too long for a read aloud. The art is funny and energetic and I really love the end pages.

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Through this amusing and clever metafiction, the author showcases various literary genres and breaks the fourth wall, providing readers with an engaging exploration of different storytelling styles. Accompanied by captivating and humorous illustrations, this book not only entertains but also emphasizes the importance of perseverance and collaboration in the creative process. With its educational value in teaching literary genres, "This Is Not My Story" is an excellent resource for language arts lessons.

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The text here is easy enough to understand but the concepts may be too abstract for small children. A decent way to talk about different kinds of stories.

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“This Is Not My Story“ by Ryan Uytdewilligen with art by David Huyck is a graphic novel for young readers about an author and a character who won’t obey.

The story starts on a spaceship, surrounded by aliens, but the main character says that’s not who he is so the situation changes. Now the story takes place in a cattle ranch and the main character is a cowboy, but that’s not who he is either. The author keeps trying to find the character and the character keeps resisting.

This is a fun way to explore genres of literature. There’s even a glossary at the end that explains different genres that are used in the making of the book so the reader can explore which story is right for them. The story is pretty funny and the art is pretty comical. I liked it.

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**ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review**

This Is Not My Story by Ryan Uytdewilligen; David Huyck is a silly, fourth wall-breaking picture book about the character arguing with the author about what story he belongs in. It covers all kinds of book genres from science fiction to romance to textbooks. Kids will enjoy the sassy kid character as he tries to figure out where he belongs. It'd be a great inspirational tool for young readers/writers to see what's out there as well. Recommend for little readers.

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This book was the perfect match up as a picture book versus comic book. It’s very reminiscent of the old Disney shorts where the narrator would be telling you about something and the characters would take over. The main character of the story is absolutely positive that they are not in the right story. Their story is not a spaceship, it’s not a knight, a dragon, etc. The author and the main character are trying to find the perfect name of the perfect story and what one is reading about. This is all done with a very clever mix of graphic novel and picture books style with interesting and impactful narration. This is a five-star read. The author has helps kids find what type of stories they like, through a glossary of story types at the end of the book.

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An author and his main character disagree on what sort of story to tell, and then the reader is invited to think about their own story. Clever, inventive, and a whole lot of fun, this makes for an unusual and entertaining read.

With delightful illustrations by David Hyuck.

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A charming graphic novel exploration 0f genre for kids. I enjoyed the shenanigans but was not completely sold. Overall, it didn't do much for me, but I suspect a lot of kids will get a kick out of it.

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I loved this cute story. I liked that the plot took us through other stories, until ultimately discovering that the adventure was their story. It's definitely a good story for children, to see that there's no one way for their story to unfold.

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The one, that was not meant for me but i loved it non the less.

This is not my Story by Ryan Uytdewilligen
Illustrations by David Huyck

The title tells you what the main character is experiencing throughout the story and i loved the sincerity and adamant ask for their need, wanting to be in the right story for them.

What is not to love about this book and story and Illustrations?

I wanted to have a physical book and make notes with how amazing the text and illustrations played with each other.
This story took you on a ride of experiencing reading without bounds and beyond (not the fourth wall but the fifth and sixth). Now i wish that there are more books like this.

Go read it yourself!

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Ryan Uytdewilligen has conceived a cute story idea with This Is Not My Story. His main character, a young boy, keeps protesting about the storyline in which the author places him. He objects to flying a spaceship, riding a giant hedgehog, being a cowboy, a knight, and a detective, among other ideas. The author and the boy keep arguing about what the author is attempting to write: "I've never flown a spaceship and I definitely don't believe in aliens." While the concept is fun, and the author devises entertaining scenarios, the book fell a bit flat for me at the end. The boy's solution for a plotline didn't grab me. However, most of the book is enjoyable and introduces children to many fiction genres. David Huyck's illustrations were tremendously detailed, and I loved having the boy climb out of the book page when he didn't like the story. At the end of the book, the author addresses the reader to tell us about different genres of books. It's a good list with simple explanations. This is a pleasing book to teach children about types of books.
Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for the ARC of this book.

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I learned awhile back that the 6-year old really enjoys books that break the fourth wall. I asked our children's librarian for more more more and she obliged, and I think we've read all of the 4th wall breakers in our local library.

So, when I saw the title and cover for this book, I requested it without the slightest hesitation, and he and I read it last night before bed. I read the parts of the narrator, he read the parts of our scrappy hero just trying to figure out what book he belongs in.

He wanted to read the part of the narrator because the bubbles were green, but once I pointed to the word "valiant" and asked him what it was, he agreed to switch.

This book is FUNNY. Not falling off your seat laughing, but sensible chuckles all around. Our main character argues with the writer, telling him he is very much mistaken about what he believes the character likes or would be interested in.

It's something every kid can understand. Why am I reading a story about outer space? Aliens aren't real. The Wild West? SNOOZE FEST. Fairy tales? Are you kidding me?

Seriously, the main character hugged the dragon. I looked at Jeremiah and said, "That's you right there."

His favorite part was the giant hedgehog, which I suspected.

I asked him what he would rate this, on a scale from 1-5.

"9000."

"Soooo, from 1-5?"

"5."

'K, let's try this. If The Book With No Pictures is 5 stars, and your ocean book is 5 stars, how many stars is this one?"

"5."

He's a lot more generous than me, so I only give it 4. But the demographic disagrees, and I don't blame him.

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This Is Not My Story is such a fun read! The book introduces younger readers to a variety of literary genres, but the story and illustrations are so funny that kids won't even realize they are learning. There is even an informational page at the end that gives more details about the genres, which seems to tie it all together. The graphic novel format is enticing and works well. I would definitely recommend as a purchase for libraries serving elementary students. (This review is based on an ARC of the book)

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This is such a cute book where our hero starts out in a spaceship. He informs the author of the story that we can’t see, that this isn’t his story. They move onto a different genre constantly throughout the book. It’s a unique way to introduce children to different genres of reading. I would recommend book this as a reference book for early readers classrooms. The illustrations are great. Very colorful and really bring the point home!

Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and give an honest review.

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This Is Not My Story is a fun bit of metafiction that pulls back the 4th wall on the writing process. An author starts telling a sci-fi story, only for the protagonist to say "this is not my story!" Kids will get a big laugh of the silly settings the author tries. This would be a great book to use in a creative writing unit. Pure fun!

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I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A funny, informative, entertaining story about different genres of story and how the author could use the same characters for different stories. Kids will enjoy the comic style picture panels and funny writing.

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I'm always looking for new books to read to the children I watch, and I loved the idea behind this one. This Is Not My Story is a fun book that explores many different genres, such as Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery, etc. It is great for readers and young writers. Also, the format of a graphic novel was clever, especially with the main character walking out of the panels.

The main character does not want to be in any of the stories the author is writing for him and talks to him throughout the book. I enjoyed the fourth wall breaking in the book, and this would be a good way of teaching genres to children. It would have been even better if there were interactive elements for the readers. Kids would love to interact with the main character.

Overall this was a cute book with a good premise. I know a couple of kids that would enjoy this format.

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