ME, ALL ALONE, AT THE END OF THE WORLD by M.T. Anderson
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ME, ALL ALONE, AT THE END OF THE WORLD

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Age Range: 6 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A solitary idyll is disturbed by easy entertainment in this gorgeous, complex fable. The nameless narrator, dressed like Huck Finn in overalls with no shirt or shoes, lives peacefully by himself at the End of the World, satisfied with uncomplicated kid-like fancies. But Once-ler-like Constantine Shimmer, Professional Visionary, turns up and proceeds to turn the End of the World into a tourist haven, complete with Hang-Glidery, O-Frost-A-Thon and Yow-Gulf-O-Drop, and the exhortation to have “fun all the time!” This great cosmic disturbance brings real friends for the narrator; they come with the seasons and play with the boy, in the woods and on Shimmer’s ever-more-elaborate contraptions. Anderson’s text is gloriously cadenced, celebrating simple pleasures even as it acknowledges the dangerous appeal of man-made attractions. Hawkes’s illustrations complement the language perfectly, serenely balanced compositions giving way to sinister colors and frenetic perspectives, returning to balance only when the narrator flees to the Top of the World. The narrative makes its point clearly, encouraging readers to make space for solitude, but also acknowledges the need for companionship. A work that requires—and is eminently worthy of—many re-readings. (Picture book. 6-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7636-1586-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005




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