ME! by Philip Waechter


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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)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2005
ISBN: 1-59354-087-6
Page count: 64pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2005


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