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I like myself!
2004
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In rhyming text, a child expresses her self-esteem and exults in her unique identity. - (Baker & Taylor)

Although all people are made up of both good and bad qualities, this picture book emphasizes the importance of loving one's self for all the things that make them the unique being they are. - (Baker & Taylor)

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance. - (Baker & Taylor)

High on energy and imagination, this ode to self-esteem encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves--inside and out. Messy hair? Beaver breath? So what! Here's a little girl who knows what really matters.
At once silly and serious, Karen Beaumont's joyous rhyming text and David Catrow's wild illustrations unite in a book that is sassy, soulful--and straight from the heart.
- (Houghton)

Exuberant rhymes and wild illustrations celebrate self-acceptance.
- (Houghton)

Author Biography

Karen Beaumont is the author of many children's books, including I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!, illustrated by David Catrow. She lives in Capitola, California.
- (Houghton)

Karen Beaumont is the author of many children's books, including I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!, illustrated by David Catrow. She lives in Capitola, California.
- (Houghton)

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Horn Book Guide Reviews

In the vein of Kathi Appelt's [cf2]Incredible Me![cf1] and Jamie Lee Curtis's picture books, this is a celebration of the self—as expressed, in this case, by an exuberant girl. Some of the rhymes are obvious, but Catrow deftly interprets the more original ones ("I'd [cf2]still[cf1] like me with fleas or warts, / or with a silly snout that snorts") in his surreal illustrations. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont (Baby Danced the Polka), illus. by David Catrow, is a breezy affirmation of self. The rhymes can be goofy ("I'd still like me with fleas or warts,/ or with a silly snout that snorts"), but even when they are straightforward, as they are in the beginning ("I like me on the inside too/, for all I think and say and do"). Catrow's (Plantzilla) typically zany illustrations up-end them (for the "I like me on the inside" verse, he shows the narrator and her horrified dog in X-ray mode). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2-This curly haired African-American moppet really likes herself. No matter what she does, wherever she goes, or what others think of her, she likes herself because, as she says, "I'm ME!" Catrow's watercolor, ink, and pencil illustrations bring even more humor to the funny verse. The brightly colored art and rhymes are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss's work with their quirky absurdity, especially the full spread of the child and her highly unusual bicycle. Even with "-stinky toes/or horns protruding from my nose," her dog loves her unconditionally. She is so full of joy that readers will love her, too-even when she has purple polka-dotted lips. Titles such as Jamie Lee Curtis's I'm Gonna Like Me (2002) and Kathi Appelt's Incredible Me! (2003, both HarperCollins) have a similar theme, but the main characters are Caucasian. A great addition.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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