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This Is Me, Laughing

This Is Me, Laughing

by Bowdish, Walter Gaffney-Kessell (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
An illustrated free-verse poem that celebrates the contagion of heart-felt laughter. The text is sparse and the illustration style somewhat stilted, but the laughter is genuine and the danger of it slipping out from between the book's covers and infecting the readers is very real.
School Library Journal
PreS-The fact that laughter is infectious and that a good guffaw rebounds on its initiator are certainly observations worthy of exploring. But there is no genuine laughter here. A child describes the effect of her laughter on her family and neighbors, but Bowdish's minimal text is lifeless, its images flat and uninspired. Though portrayed in active poses, Gaffney-Kessell's figures are heavy and static and inconsistent in appearance. His paintings have a shadowy angularity that is "haunting," indeed, and thoroughly inappropriate to the subject. A book that broadly misses its mark.-Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
Hazel Rochman
The joy of infectious laughter is the theme of this picture book. There's no real story, just a small girl telling how her laughter reaches everyone in her family and on her street. She makes them laugh with her. The smiling portraits are superreal, set within wonderfully detailed 3-D settings that open up windows and doors to light and texture and surprising perspective.

Product Details

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
10.35(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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