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Being OK is OK for now because someday you just may discover what makes you great.
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Being OK is OK for now because someday you just may discover what makes you great.
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Editorial Reviews

Rebecca Zerkin
…endearing and funny, and young readers will certainly see themselves in the anonymous character. Part of the moral is that everyone will eventually find a way to shine. At the end of the book, the child lies in bed imagining success as a baker, painter or astronaut—"One day, I'll grow up to be really excellent at something." The lesson is a sweet reminder to engage in life just for the sake of it. And though, yes, the author hits us over the head, she does it with a silly foam mallet.
—The New York Times
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
The first-person narrator of this amiable picture book likes "to try a lot of different things. I'm not great at all of them, but I enjoy them just the same." The narrator then goes on to record a long list of activities at which he or she is "OK": "I'm an OK skipper. . . OK climber. . . OK marshmallow roaster. . . OK tug-of-warer. . . OK pancake flipper" and more. Someday "I'll grow up to be really excellent at something," but in the meantime, it is fun to experiment and accept OK-ness in a wide range of pleasurable and amusing endeavors. The simple art is endlessly inventive and clever in depicting a stick figure formed of the letters O for the head and sideways K for the body performing all the cited activities, from head-standing to lightning-bug catching. Children may be inspired to try their hand at drawing their own OK character engaged in additional OK activities, and if they are not as successful at it as Rosenthal and Lichtenheld, that is OK, too. A refreshing presentation of the important message that, as we grow and learn and play, it is OK to be OK.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
In this paean to trying new things, Rosenthal and Lichtenheld tip the word "OK" over to create a childlike stick figure who is able to do many things, if not perfectly. Each page features simple graphic line drawings with a touch of color portraying the truly symbolic character trying various activities: jumping, fishing, roasting marshmallows, climbing trees, and playing baseball. Though clearly not a complete success at any single activity, OK is undeterred. "One day I'll grow up to be really excellent at something. I don't know what it is yet . . . but I sure am having fun figuring it out." The illustrations use the simplest of lines to convey a world of emotion and meaning. A refreshing change of pace for children who live in a goals-driven society, this "I'm OK" book will find a welcoming audience among readers and listeners of every ability.
—Marge Loch-WoutersCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Promoting the virtues of adequacy, a stick figure with an "O" for a head atop a "K" body demonstrates moderate abilities to skip, climb, hide, share, swim and other common acts. The narrator's OK with that, because "One day, I'll grow up to be really excellent at something. I don't know what it is yet . . . but I sure am having fun figuring it out." Fluent lines and occasional patches of smooth color give the minimalist illustrations an easy visual flow appropriate to the low-pressure premise. Consider this esteem-building descendant of Robert Kraus's Leo the Late Bloomer, illus by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey (1971), a healthier alternative to the pushier likes of Jamie Lee Curtis's I'm Gonna Like Me, illus by Laura Cornell (2002), or Anne Morris's Hats, Hats, Hats (1989). (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061965197
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Sales rank: 640,154
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children's books include the Cookies series, illustrated by Jane Dyer and Brooke Dyer; Duck! Rabbit! and The OK Book, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld; Spoon, illustrated by Scott Magoon; and most recently The Wonder Book, illustrated by Paul Schmid. Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. Amy lives online at and for real in Chicago.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Chapter 3

    Sammy shook her head now the scaly figure wadnt just everywhere there were ones like it but different fluffy feather all kinds of skin textures but not just that they all loojed paranormal. Sammy still had that eerie feeling. She heard an eerie voice. Then she saw a shadow pass by her door. The voice called "Its time for u to join the Destiny Seekers." Then darkness surrounded her. She screamed but all that came was a feeble mewling squeak.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012


    A wonderful book for ages 4-8 and moms your child will be

    saying OK all the time!

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