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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
All children want to play, but those with special needs are often excluded from other youngsters' games. This is also what happens to Gabby, the sweet protagonist of Tag! You're It by Jannesy DeLeon. Gabby has cerebral palsy and cannot talk or run, but when she and her brother Nicky see other children in the park, she manages to make him understand that she would like to join them. At first, however, it does not seem possible that Gabby can play tag. Will Gabby be able to play and have fun in the end? Find it out by reading this story of inclusion, beautifully illustrated by Gaspar D. Sabatere.
Tag! You're It tells a story that any sensitive reader will find funny, moving, and inspiring at the same time. Jannesy DeLeon has two children with special needs, and in this book, she recounts what they have experienced firsthand. I think this is precisely why the story of Gabby and Nicky makes such a deep impression on the reader. In addition to giving food for thought to both young readers and parents who will read Tag! You're It with them, I liked that DeLeon added a list of outdoor games that can be modified to include the others. Thanks to this book, young readers will understand how easy it is to have fun together without hurting anyone. This message deserves to be spread, and I hope Gabby and Nicky's story raises awareness so that every child can play and be happy as they deserve.