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Incredible Me!

Incredible Me!

by Kathi Appelt, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator), Philemon Sturges

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Join a rambunctious child as she exuberantly celebrates all the wonderful qualities that make her special — her nose, her toes, her ears, herself!

Award winners Kathi Appelt and G. Brian Karas team up to create this joyous tribute to the wonders of being ... ME!


Join a rambunctious child as she exuberantly celebrates all the wonderful qualities that make her special — her nose, her toes, her ears, herself!

Award winners Kathi Appelt and G. Brian Karas team up to create this joyous tribute to the wonders of being ... ME!

Editorial Reviews

Together, writer and artist show how mcuh fun it is to watch a child discover herself.
Publishers Weekly
A girl exhibits healthy self-esteem in Appelt's (Bats Around the Clock) celebratory ode. "Nobody whistles the way I do/ Nobody chews the way I chew/ I'm the cat's meow,/ I'm the dog's top flea/ I'm the one, the only,/ most marvelous me!" she shouts. Drawn with colored pencil, the pint-size heroine, whose curly orange hair sprouts in pigtails from either side of her head, bounds from spread to spread, in Karas's (Princess Fishtail) colorful multimedia illustrations, accented throughout with bold, patterned papers. Dominated by the windows of high-rise buildings, for example, the center spread suggests the anonymity of urban living. But the girl in the corner won't be ignored. "Nobody's cowlick stands up like mine/ Nobody's freckles are this divine," she announces from an open window; the text, in large print, rings the edge of an enormous speech bubble. Karas's depiction of the carefree narrator ensures that playfulness takes precedence over arrogance and, thanks to his varied compositions, the text's pattern never grows tired. This exuberant ego booster is bound to make youngsters smile and, perhaps, take inventory of all the things that make them incredible, too. Ages 3-6. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In search of the ultimate self-esteem book for the toddler set? Look no farther. Appelt's little redheaded heroine could put Narcissus to shame. As she romps from her bedroom through the skyscape of the world, this kid's got no shortage of chutzpa. She is "the cream in the butter, the salt in the sea," "the dill in the pickle, the sweet in the pea." And that's just the beginning of her personal inventory. Karas's boldly colored and executed images help to pull off the clich�-ridden conceit, but one is still left with a cloying aftertaste of too many "adorable me's." Yes, it's certainly admirable to promote self-confidence in little ones, but there can be a fine line between confidence, poise, and outright egotism. Freud would have had a field day with this offering. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Bouncy rhymes and energetic illustrations combine to create an ode to individuality. Appelt's brief text catalogs the special qualities of a perky child, while Karas's colorful, contemporary artwork shows her, her teddy, and her doll engaged in a variety of real and imagined activities. Some listeners may be turned off by this confident girl's relentless self-praise, but many will appreciate her obvious pride and enjoyment in herself. And whether the message appeals or not, there's no denying that it's packaged perfectly. The catchy, creative text begins with a focus on basic body parts ("Nobody has my singular nose/Nobody tips on my ten toes") and continues as the unnamed narrator lists numerous other unique (yet universal) traits before declaring, "I'm the pearl in the oyster, the A to the Z/I'm the one, the only, incredible Me!" The playful use of language keeps the tone light. The illustrations are buoyant and playful as well, as the girl with carrot-colored hair dances her way through cozy interiors and imaginary outdoor scenes. Occasionally, patterns and textures give the crisp illustrations the look of a collage; the overall design is delightfully simple and focused on the narrator. The ongoing demand for books intended to boost children's self-esteem will make this title a useful addition.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rosy-cheeked, pig-tailed toddler touts all things wonderful about herself. Exhibiting the unabashed braggadocio that is the trademark of small fry, a young girl proudly preens as she describes the myriad amazing qualities that make her unique. From her pert nose to her tippy toes, the little girl lauds everything from her physical attributes to metaphysical ponderings. Appelt's (The Alley Cat's Meow, p. 1301, etc.) light-hearted rhymes keenly hone in on all the characteristics fellow tots would find noteworthy. "Nobody's cowlick stands up like mine / Nobody's freckles are this divine." With plenty of artistic license, Appelt gives a new spin on some old adages, which always culminate in joyous self-affirmation. "I'm the cream in the butter, / I'm the salt in the sea / I'm the one, the only, spectacular me!" Karas's (Princess Fishtail, p. 1229, etc.) quirky illustrations are a happy continuation of the text. Bright hues and over-the-top drawings mirror the lively energy of the saucy verses. With a hearty serving of high-spirited fun, Appelt's joyful tale underscores the message that there is something wonderful to cherish in everyone. In a class by herself, but sure to start a contest. (Picture book. 3-6)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Kathi Appelt is the award-winning author of many children's books, including Bat Jamboree, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and Incredible Me!, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Ms. Appelt teaches creative writing to both children and adults and lives in College Station, Texas.

G. Brian Karas has written and illustrated several award-winning children's books, including On Earth and Home on the Bayou: A Cowboy's Story, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. The picture books he has illustrated include Are You Going to Be Good?, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book written by Cari Best. Mr. Karas lives in Rhinebeck, New York.

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