I Like Myself!

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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.

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Overview

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.

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

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Give kids a dose of healthy confidence building with this visually hilarious, romping picture book from Karen Beaumont and I'm Still Here in the Bathtub illustrator David Catrow. Loaded with wacky scenes of a small, smiley-faced girl with big self-esteem, this open-hearted picture book celebrates liking yourself: "Inside, outside, upside down, from head to toe and all around, I like it all! It all is me! And me is all I want to be." Beaumont's peppy rhymes bounce along as the girl hangs out with her pooch, dances in a birdbath, rides a zany bicycle, imagines herself with "purple polka-dotted lips," and more (even with those lips, she'd still like herself). Catrow's illustrations are as jubilant and knee-slapping as ever, set from fun perspectives and adding silly extras that make the text even more uplifting. A joyous read for celebrating the spirit, this excellent companion to Jamie Lee Curtis's I'm Gonna Like Me or Todd Parr's The Feel Good Book will help any kid stay confident or overcome those down-in-the-dumps feelings. Matt Warner
Publishers Weekly
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.
Children's Literature
Books to raise self-esteem for the young abound. This one is notable for the bouncy, unforced rhymes and particularly for the smile-provoking illustrations, full of details to look for at each reading. The celebration of self covers body parts, inside and out, in many places, "...me is all I want to be;" no matter what others may think or say, "I like myself because I'm ME." Perhaps the dachshund-like dog who accompanies the narrator in every scene is her alter ego; unmentioned in the text, she is a real partner in creating the comic events. Watercolor, ink, and pencil, a bit zany and cartoony illustrations create scenes with just enough context around the two subjects as they dance in a bird bath, contemplate a lion at the zoo, ride a bike-like contraption, or imagine our heroine with a multi-colored pig's snout or purple polka-dotted lips. The final joyous hug is sure to win over even the toughest curmudgeon. 2004, Harcourt Children's Books, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152020132
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 52,259
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN BEAUMONT is known for her lively and celebratory picture books, including I Like Myself! and the New York Times best-seller I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!, both illustrated by David Catrow, as well as No Sleep for the Sheep!, illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. She lives in Northern California. For more information, visit www.karenbeaumont.com.


.David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist and the illustrator of more than 70 books for children, including two that were named New York Times Best Books of the Year. He lives in Ohio with his wife and their three dogs. His website is www.catrow.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2005

    Two thumbs way way up!

    My neice (6) who has trouble sometimes with being dark chocolate brown & curly, course hair loved that the little girl in the pictures looked like her and still liked herself. She read the book through 4 times in the first 2 hours. She thought it was the funniest book she'd ever read. Her favorite picture was the messy hair. She said 'That looks like me!' It couldn't have been more perfect! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for writing this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    A fun way to boost a child's self-esteem

    This is a fun book with silly pictures that makes my child laugh and learn that liking yourself is a good thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2006

    Fantastic Book!

    This book was recommended by my Professor of Elementary Education. I instantly wanted to purchase and read to my 5 year old daughter, I did and She LOVED IT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    Excellent for self esteem!

    I read this story to my four year old. A couple of days later some kids where making fun of her clothes and she said, 'I'm having fun being me and I don't care what they say.' She remembered what she heard and it sunk in. Well written book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    great book gets better with age

    Its one of those books that the older you are the more you appreciate it. My daughter loves the illustrations. My only dissatisfaction is how it took Barnes and Noble on month to deliver it!

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  • Posted March 28, 2012

    Excellent book for self-esteem.

    With this book, my grand-niece enters the world of diversification. The verse is great.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    I read this to a class of 5 year olds

    This is a story that a child can relate to. When I read this book to a class of 5 year olds - they smiled, they nodded their heads, they looked at the drawings and noticed all the things the character was talking about. Without a doubt, this was a good read for them.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

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    Excellent book for children

    This book is wonderful for any child. I have purchased this book for children who have had physical changes. This book is a reminder that we are all special and teaches children to like all aspects of themselves. I love this book for my own children as well. With silly illustrations to make kids laugh, they will learn to understand what feature they can learn to love about themselves. I highly recommend this to anyone with children to help build self confidence and learning to love themselves as an individual.

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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    I Like Myself

    My daughter loved this book. It really helps a child to see and gain an understanding on the many reason to be happy just the way they are.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Great tool for helping little ones develop self-esteem!

    My children and I love this book! For us, it is interactive and fun. We point to our eyes, ears & nose, and wiggle our fingers and toes, right along with the exuberant main character. We even roar at the lion, and pretend to have polka-dot lips, all while appreciating what makes us unique.

    This is a great read for children and adults alike!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    A great story to build self confidence in kids

    It's a great story with rhymes about a young child who likes herself. Good for discussions and very good for building confidence.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    I Like Myself is Wonderful!

    This is a book of self discovery and acceptance. I love the melodic sound of the writing and the fun artistry of the pictures. My daughter has it memorized and asks me to read it everyday. I love the message and we talk about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2009

    Great Book!

    I bought this book for my six year old grandaughter. She is in first grade and starting to come in contact with other children who are more aggressive than she is and it tends to make her a little unsure of herself. <BR/><BR/>This book was pleasant and fun. She liked reading it very much! Each time she read it she would add more emphasis! Great book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Great book!

    Beuatiful, funny, smart book! My 2,5 girl loved this story. I think it is one of the rare perls in preschool books pile, both rhymes and illustrations are captivating. Mom and school librarian

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