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Me!

Overview

Bears have more than a passing resemblance to humans. Especially this bear, who takes pleasure in the little things in life, and, of course, the big things as well. He is generous to a fault, and if we are to take his word for it, a rather clever fellow.

But, like many of us, even our bear has days when he feels dreadfully aloneFortunately, he knows exactly what to do about it. Philip Waechter responds to this very human dilemma by creating a wonderful character, drawn with a ...

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Overview

Bears have more than a passing resemblance to humans. Especially this bear, who takes pleasure in the little things in life, and, of course, the big things as well. He is generous to a fault, and if we are to take his word for it, a rather clever fellow.

But, like many of us, even our bear has days when he feels dreadfully aloneFortunately, he knows exactly what to do about it. Philip Waechter responds to this very human dilemma by creating a wonderful character, drawn with a delicately spare line but informed with great compassion and love.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although the title seems to indicate otherwise, this earnestly winsome, small-format book is actually a tribute to the comforts of companionship. A giant but genial-looking bear-aka "Me"-catalogues all the traits that make him "pretty special." "I'm beautiful," he says, admiring his reflection in a rain puddle. "Generosity is my middle name. I love to share," he notes, as he gives candy to a somewhat startled hiker. With rarely more than five or six words per spread, the bear's narrative delivers his lines with a wink. For, "I take things at my own pace," he heads down the street with a back-up of honking horns behind him. But even the healthiest sense of self-esteem isn't enough on those days when the bear feels "absolutely alone... and small." That's when he knows it's time to seek out a friend for a (literal) bear hug and some quality time-even if it requires a lengthy commute back to the forest. The crisp ink lines, expanses of white space and emotional understatement of German author-artist Waechter's cartooning counterbalance the at times sentimental text. This warmhearted message in its gifty package will be as likely to be passed among adults as among children. Ages 5-up. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This ode to self-esteem revolves around an unabashedly self-satisfied bear. The appealing, albeit boastful fellow enumerates his many outstanding qualities, ranging from beauty to generosity and most traits in between. When listeners have had just about enough of his conceit, the bear admits that he, too, has days when he feels alone and small. When he has these occasional bouts of insecurity, he is glad that he can run to his special somebody. The conclusion adds particular charm and a dose of humility to the tale. Winsome pen-and-ink illustrations highlighted by splashes of color give the bear wit and personality, and the simplicity of design enhances the impact of this small yet gratifying book.-Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Miniature-sized, this self-esteem gift book appropriate for adults is inappropriate for a children's audience despite the simple illustrations and title. Paired with small cuddly illustrations, the subject could be effectively presented to young children, but Waechtler's sarcasm slices through the series of his unrelated self-realizing statements, carrying his adult voice and adult interests in both the text and drawings. Here is a bear that "knows his own mind" and "takes things" at his "own pace," showing a bear embroiled in making political statements, endangering himself by blocking three lanes of angry traffic while he saunters along. "Me!" is created with a stream of selfish, rude me-oriented ideas, where it suits bear to be meaninglessly rude to a little dog and two policemen, share one tiny candy from an enormous sack of treats, keeping himself alone until he is sad about life then hightailing it to some friend whom he uses when it suits him. Too bad this isn't funny or sarcastic enough for adults to have a little giggle over their weaknesses. (Picture book. Adult)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593540876
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,437,185
  • Age range: 1 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A graphic artist and illustrator living in Frankfurt, Germany, Philip Waechter is a co-founder of LABOR, a designer's cooperative whose members share a love of books. Me! is his second book for children.

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