I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem

I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem

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by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell

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Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. Like the duo's first New York Times best-seller, Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day

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Celebrate liking yourself! Through alternating points of view, a girl's and a boy's, Jamie Lee Curtis's triumphant text and Laura Cornell's lively artwork show kids that the key to feeling good is liking yourself because you are you. Like the duo's first New York Times best-seller, Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day, this is an inspired book to rejoice in and share. I'm Gonna Like Me will have kids letting off some self-esteem in no time!

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The Barnes & Noble Review
The bestselling team of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell has returned, patting kids on the back in a super-spirited picture book that celebrates confidence.

With rhyming text that uses the memorable repeat phrase "I'm gonna like me when…," Curtis describes various experiences during which children ought to remember their self-esteem. It's especially important during hard times, such as when a student gives the wrong answer in front of the class or someone is picked last for the team. It's also important at good points in life, too, like "when I'm feeling strong. I'll walk with a smile, arms swinging, legs long." But of course, the best time for liking yourself is at home, knowing that a loving family is keeping you safe: "I'm gonna like me 'cause I'm loved and I know it, and liking myself is the best way to show it."

A jovial book reminding kids that despite life's highs and lows, there's no need to get down on yourself, I'm Gonna Like Me stands out as a feel-good triumph. Curtis's voice is sweetly childlike without getting mushy, and her charismatic lines roll off the tongue. Cornell's alternating girl-and-boy illustrations add just the right flair, giving the added humor and perspective that readers have come to love in all of her and Curtis's books. A book that's ideal for reading aloud or giving to someone in need of a little TLC, this surefire hit is reassuring reading. Matt Warner

Publishers Weekly
The dynamic duo behind Today I Feel Silly returns for another lively, emotionally reassuring picture book. This time out, Curtis looks to the source of what makes children (of all ages) feel comfortable in their own skin. Cornell pictures the perky rhymes being delivered by a pair of young protagonists confident enough to shake off embarrassment and to feel proud (though not overly so) of personal achievements. "I'm gonna like me when I'm called on to stand. I know all my letters like the back of my hand," announces a girl dressed in plaid, flowers and a cape. "I'm gonna like me when my answer is wrong, like thinking my ruler was ten inches long," says the boy as both youngsters stand before the school blackboard. Ultimately, the author concludes "I'm gonna like me 'cause I'm loved and I know it, and liking myself is the best way to show it." Though the message is both catchy and effective in its delivery, it's Cornell's humorous, detailed, ink-and-watercolor illustrations that give this volume true pizzazz. She hits just the right note of fear-tinged bravura with the characters' vividly imagined antics. Their portraits, embellished with all manner of costumes and fun accessories (a fire-extinguisher-like toothpaste tube, an Esther Williams lunchbox, a "Dalmatian Kit" for polka-dotting pets), will delight the audience. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
In rhyming text, a boy and a girl describe how they will like themselves whether things are going right or wrong. She says, "I'm gonna like me/when I'm called on to stand./I know all my letters/like the back of my hand." He says, "I'm gonna like me/when my answer is wrong,/like thinking my ruler/was ten inches long." They're going to like themselves, too, when they try new things, work on their good behavior, play with baby brother, or help around the house. They're going to like themselves "from [his] giant big toe to the braids on [her] head." Cornell's bright artwork appears to be done in watercolor and ink. The heavily detailed pictures have hidden humor that will be much more entertaining to adults than to children, such as the titles of the books scattered around the children's room. This pleasant addition will combine well with Nancy Carlson's I Like Me! (Viking, 1988) or Peggy Rathmann's Ruby the Copycat (Scholastic, 1991) for storytimes.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When things go right, it's easy to feel good about oneself, but when things go the other way, sometimes it helps to have good self-esteem. From morning to night, the protagonists of this tale celebrate all there is to being individuals. "From my giant big toe to the braids on my head. I'm gonna like me . . . " Fashion statements, academic accomplishments, honesty, and even bravery in the face of octopus soup are all worthy of praise. A good self-image can also help when giving the incorrect answer in school or when chosen last on the playground. Summarizing the source of their positive outlook, the children claim the best way to show love is to love oneself. The final double-page spread invites readers to join in the fun by expressing their own self-esteem. The text walks a thin line between positive and saccharine, but even with some missteps, the overall message is a good one. Watercolor illustrations of the humorous children splash across each double-paged spread giving the sometimes predictable story some life. Characters' faces are wonderfully expressive and subtle details tucked into each painting will entertain watchful readers. Imaginative artwork keeps this from being forgettable.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Ages 4-8
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Product dimensions:
11.32(w) x 9.77(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis has had many firsts: her first (and only) marriage to Christopher Guest, her first time holding her children, Annie and Tom, her first time pretending to be a customer in an episode of Quincy, and her first time she wrote words that became her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, the first city she ever lived in, and is always first in line, first to arrive, first to leave, and first to sleep.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

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I'm Gonna Like Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love ALL of these books! Each one is witty and entertaining, and my 3 year old daughter loves to read them every night. I would recommend this one as well as all the others for anyone who wants a little glimpse back into the reality of being a child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has been my 3-year-old's favorite bedtime story since we bought it. It is a wonderful book that teaches our children self-esteem. I love reading it to them just as much as they love hearing/seeing it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent. My 5 year old is just starting kindergarten and needs to know to love herself. The illustrations are the best. Every time I read it we find another part of the picture that we didn't see. LOVE IT!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm hoping that some of the ideas in this book rub off on my child. Great book with lots of info!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So important to build self esteem in our children!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for parents to read to their children. It makes children see that they count too with great play on words for the Me, Myself and I connotations. It helps to build self esteem in every way and every day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes us all feel good! Happy, bouncy rhyme and funny illustrations!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm going out to buy a copy for all my nephews and nieces. If the Wacko Right- Wing-er's hate it ... IT MUST BE GOOD!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be yourself and love yourself is the message here. All kids need to be reminded of this and to trust their heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love Jamie and all of her children's books. I recently bought this for my cousin's little boy for his birthday. Sure to be a hit. The illustrations are beautiful and kid friendly.. The meaning of the book is wonderful for any child. The rythmic meter of the book is great for younger children as well as older. Love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an eye opener in the sense's that it is new ideas and confirming. I have confidense that this book will in fact help persons commit on a daily bases and cannot be easily forgotten. Well written and correctly laid out as well. Good buy for anyone...anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book that teaches little kids self-esteem and by implication cautions parents when not to criticize their children. The book ends with a nice question that draws the child being read to into a good conversation about himself or herself. The illustrations are a riot. Gisela Gasper Fitzgerald, Author of ADOPTION: An Open, Semi-Open or Closed Practice?
Guest More than 1 year ago
How could anyone possibly give this book a bad review? Well, in case you haven't looked around lately this country is busting at the seams with spoiled brats who already think too much of themselves. What's wrong with being hummble and dealing with simple hard lessons in life? If kids are inundated with attitudes that this book encourages their self esteem may improve but history and present day show just how bad things can get when people love themselves a bit too much. And are there any warnings about loving yourself too much in this book? Of course not. If we truly admit it to ourselves the hard times we experienced in our youth were great learning experiences and a little humility isn't half as bad as unchecked vanity.