Ask Me

Ask Me

by Antje Damm
     
 

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Who would you like to change places with for one day? How can you tell that you are growing? What do you do when you are very cold? This is a little book with big ideas. Sometimes provocative, always interesting, every page can be the start of a new discussion. Reading the questions, and looking at the pictures, each child will have different answers to give, and

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Overview

Who would you like to change places with for one day? How can you tell that you are growing? What do you do when you are very cold? This is a little book with big ideas. Sometimes provocative, always interesting, every page can be the start of a new discussion. Reading the questions, and looking at the pictures, each child will have different answers to give, and things to ask. The questions are intriguing, the images sometimes startling, sometimes beautiful, and always engaging.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Geared for adults and sophisticated children, this high-concept picture book is beautifully executed and irresistibly packaged. Each turn of the page reveals a different question, smartly set off against neon-bright backdrops, while facing pages spotlight thematically related images, many of which feature Damm's puckish artwork. "What do you like to collect?" appears opposite a full-color photograph of new and antique racing cars, sporty convertibles, tractors and trucks, neatly arranged in a wooden toy box. A boy and girl with sketched faces atop collage images of fabric and graph paper sit in front of a computer screen for "What can you do better than your parents?" While the visual blend of German-born Damm's artwork has a distinctly European flavor, most of the images are universal, ranging from the tender ("What do you like to touch?" alongside a black-and-white photograph of an adult hand caressing a chubby toddler foot) to the commonplace (a photograph of a child perched in a tree for "What's your favorite place to play?") to the unexpected (for "Whom can you talk to about everything?" a pair of pigeons huddle together on a ledge). The book's small, chunky format invites hands to hold and explore it. A few images may be frightening to younger readers (e.g., a graveyard scene for "Whom do you miss?") but most of the conversation-sparking questions are broad enough and the packaging edgy enough to work as successfully with toddlers as with teens. All ages. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Often it is very difficult for kids and their parents to converse, or at least to get beyond the mundane—how was your day, what did you do at school—type of conversations. This import, originally published in Germany, poses 100 questions to get the conversational ball rolling. It opens with two young kids conversing on a beach and the opposing page asks, "Who is your best friend?" Another image that appears to be cut paper collage is accompanied by the question "Have you ever cooked something with your dad? The format is straightforward. The question appears on the left-hand page and the image on the right. The pages are brightly colored and the images reflect a great variety of art styles, which is in itself interesting since most of them were done by Antje. She had even included some produced by members of her family. The book might also work with teachers who want to use it to help kids get ideas for starting to write or tell a story or to have them relate a real experience. 2003 (orig. 2002), Roaring Brook Press,
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Declaring the goal of strengthening parent-child relationships by providing 100 conversation-starter questions, this book does much more. It's actually an invitation for parents and children alike to open their minds. Damm's questions range from the ordinary ("Who is your best friend?") to the provocative ("Do you have a guardian angel?" or "Did you ever find a dead animal? What did you do with it?"). Most parents don't need the questions fed to them because such inquiries reside at the core of family understanding, nurturing, and curiosity based on loving. It's Damm's mixed-media illustrations, one per question, that give value to Ask Me. From specific questions ("What special thing can you do with your hands?" illustrated with a photograph of a child's hand with a face painted on it) to general inspiration ("Have you ever picked fruit off a tree?" accompanied by a pen/ink/crayon picture of a girl with cherries looped over her ears as earrings), the text and art will open conversations. The book's six-inch square format enhances its layout design. The question is posed cleanly and opposite the illustration that prompts myriad responses. Ask Me is unique, fresh, inspiring, iconoclastic. It's charged with possibilities for adult and child interaction.-Liza Graybill, Worcester Public Library, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Geared for adults and sophisticated children, this high-concept picture book is beautifully executed and irresistibly packaged. Each turn of the page reveals a different question, smartly set off against neon-bright backdrops, while facing pages spotlight thematically related images, many of which feature Damm's puckish artwork. "What do you like to collect?" appears opposite a full-color photograph of new and antique racing cars, sporty convertibles, tractors and trucks, neatly arranged in a wooden toy box. A boy and girl with sketched faces atop collage images of fabric and graph paper sit in front of a computer screen for "What can you do better than your parents?" While the visual blend of German-born Damm's artwork has a distinctly European flavor, most of the images are universal, ranging from the tender ("What do you like to touch?" alongside a black-and-white photograph of an adult hand caressing a chubby toddler foot) to the commonplace (a photograph of a child perched in a tree for "What's your favorite place to play?") to the unexpected (for "Whom can you talk to about everything?" a pair of pigeons huddle together on a ledge). The book's small, chunky format invites hands to hold and explore it. A few images may be frightening to younger readers (e.g., a graveyard scene for "Whom do you miss?") but most of the conversation-sparking questions are broad enough and the packaging edgy enough to work as successfully with toddlers as with teens.

School Library Journal

Declaring the goal of strengthening parent-child relationships by providing 100 conversation-starter questions, this book does much more. It's actually an invitation for parents and children alike to open their minds. Damm's questions range from the ordinary ("Who is your best friend?") to the provocative ("Do you have a guardian angel?" or "Did you ever find a dead animal? What did you do with it?"). Most parents don't need the questions fed to them because such inquiries reside at the core of family understanding, nurturing, and curiosity based on loving. It's Damm's mixed-media illustrations, one per question, that give value to Ask Me. From specific questions ("What special thing can you do with your hands?" illustrated with a photograph of a child's hand with a face painted on it) to general inspiration ("Have you ever picked fruit off a tree?" accompanied by a pen/ink/crayon picture of a girl with cherries looped over her ears as earrings), the text and art will open conversations. The book's six-inch square format enhances its layout design. The question is posed cleanly and opposite the illustration that prompts myriad responses. Ask Me is unique, fresh, inspiring, iconoclastic. It's charged with possibilities for adult and child interaction.

Booklist

Now here's an interactive title! "What makes you really mad?" "Whom do you miss?" This small, square, thick, brightly colored volume consists of more than 100 questions, each printed singly on a verso page, facing an illustration. The text pages are in matte colors, with the questions in contrasting light or dark type. The illustrations are drawings, color and black-and-white photographs, and collages, all but a handful done by the author herself. Most adult and children will have a very good time responding not only to these open-ended queries but also to the ideas sparked by the images. "What do you like to smell?" faces an extreme close-up photo, in black and white, of a child sniffing a lush basil plant. "What do you do when nobody has time to play with you?" is accompanied by a lively picture of a boy carefully tying his family members' shoelaces together. "What can you do better than your parents?" is opposite a collage and mixed-media picture of a little girl at a computer. Originally published last year in Germany, this should find a new audience of receptive and enthusiastic parents and children.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847801258
Publisher:
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Edition description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
993,441
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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