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INCREDIBLE ME! by Kathi Appelt

INCREDIBLE ME!

by Kathi Appelt & illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-028622-9
Publisher: HarperCollins

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)