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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060287616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060287610
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Actor Jamie Lee Curtis and winsome illustrator Laura Cornell continue their successful collaboration (Today I Feel Silly, When I Was Little, et al.) with this paean to poise and self-assurance, I'm Gonna Like Me.

The duo sets out to "let off a little self-esteem" by following a seriously self-actualized (and gratifyingly quirky) boy and girl throughout their day on alternating pages. The kids take turns carrying the lines, often switching off midsentence, to describe exactly how and why "I'm gonna like me." (Girl: "I'm gonna like me / when I'm called on to stand. / I know all my letters / like the back of my hand." Boy: "I'm gonna like me / when my answer is wrong, / like thinking my ruler / was ten inches long.") The call and response continues through the action-packed day, as the kids get up, go to school, have lunch, go to a birthday party, etc., until they finally get tucked in--so no opportunity for building self-esteem gets overlooked.

Young readers will like Curtis's words and the rhythmic repetition, but it's Cornell's scribbling, reminiscent of the New Yorker's Roz Chast, that makes the book stand out. From an imagined fashion-show runway walk (love that snooty fashion press) to a hilarious lunch table spread (got to get some of that "Cup o' Lettuce" and "Pork by the Foot" for your Doris Day lunch box), Cornell fills the book with funny faces and lots of laughs (the best of which might be the girl's pet turtle working out in a cage with a treadmill, next to a book titled "Exercising Your Illegal Turtle"). (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

From Publishers Weekly

The dynamic duo behind Today I Feel Silly returns for another lively, emotionally reassuring picture book. This time out, Curtis looks to the source of what makes children (of all ages) feel comfortable in their own skin. Cornell pictures the perky rhymes being delivered by a pair of young protagonists confident enough to shake off embarrassment and to feel proud (though not overly so) of personal achievements. "I'm gonna like me when I'm called on to stand. I know all my letters like the back of my hand," announces a girl dressed in plaid, flowers and a cape. "I'm gonna like me when my answer is wrong, like thinking my ruler was ten inches long," says the boy as both youngsters stand before the school blackboard. Ultimately, the author concludes "I'm gonna like me 'cause I'm loved and I know it,and liking myself is the best way to show it." Though the message is both catchy and effective in its delivery, it's Cornell's humorous, detailed, ink-and-watercolor illustrations that give this volume true pizzazz. She hits just the right note of fear-tinged bravura with the characters' vividly imagined antics. Their portraits, embellished with all manner of costumes and fun accessories (a fire-extinguisher-like toothpaste tube, an Esther Williams lunchbox, a "Dalmatian Kit" for polka-dotting pets), will delight the audience. Ages 4-8.
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More About the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis is the author of eight best-selling children's books that address core childhood subjects and life lessons in a playful, accessible way. Jamie finds the inspiration for her writing all around her - in the experiences of her children, her godchildren, her friends - and of course in her own life. Her first book, When I Was Little, was sparked by her then-four-year-old daughter's boast that she was no longer "little." Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, a celebration of adoption and the start of a new family, was inspired by the adoption of her own children. And as an author, of course Jamie loves big words and knows that words have power. Her latest book, Big Words for Little People, gives young children the knowledge and power of their own "big words." All of Jamie's best-selling picture books are illustrated by Laura Cornell: Big Words for Little People; Is There Really A Human Race?; It's Hard To Be Five: Learning How To Work My Control Panel; I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off A Little Self Esteem; Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery; Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day; Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born; and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth. Jamie is also well known as a film actress, with starring roles in such acclaimed films as Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Freaky Friday, True Lies, Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda. Jamie is the mother of Annie and Thomas and is married to actor/director Christopher Guest. They live in California.

Customer Reviews

The illustrations are colorful and fun.
Jennifer Quinn
As a psychotherapist specializing in children, this is a lovely fun book for reinforcing self esteem and helping us accept our foibles.
Pamela B. Clair
My kids really enjoy reading this book.
K. Eaton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is rare that a book comes along that all children will love. I say love all children because we have wee ones who are hearing or sight impaired and its nice to see a book that these children as well as able bodied children can enjoy. For the hearing impaired child the illustration will bring the book to life. While the sight impaired child will find the words "illustrate" the book.
And for the rest of us the combination is a sure winner. And its not a sappy feel good self esteem book but more along the lines of we are all human and fall down, and feel we don't fit in at times, but it is in keeping trying that is what make life work. And its a book that will appeal to boys and girls, males and females. And lest you think it is only for wee ones, its also a good book for teens, college kids, those going thru lifes many passages. Or for someone who is going thru a rough period in their lives.
As a rule I avoid celebrity books like the plague, but Ms Curtis is a true talent.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on October 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dynamic duo, Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell are back with their fun-filled and entertaining guide to "letting off a little self-esteem." Follow a boy and girl through their day, from the time they open their eyes in the morning, to the moment they close them again at bedtime. They like themselves, through the good and the bad..."I'm gonna like me/when I open the box/and smile and say "Thanks"/even though I got socks", the right and the wrong..."I'm gonna like me/when my answer is wrong,/like thinking my ruler/was ten inches long", when they rise to the occassion..." I'm gonna like me/when I clean in a flash/and play with my brother/and take out the trash", or when trying something new..."I'm gonna like me/when I eat something new/even if Grandma makes/octopus stew." Ms Curtis' joyous, rhyming text is filled with energy, and just begs to be shared and read aloud. But it's Ms Cornell's bold, bright, and busy illustrations that make this picture book really standout, and children will revel in all the witty detail as they explore each dazzling, two-page spread. Perfect for youngsters 3-7, I'm Gonna Like Me is a captivating, feel good, little gem that tells kids not to be shy about it, but to celebrate their special selves in everything they do. "I'm gonna like me/cause I'm loved and I know it,/and liking myself/is the best way to show it."
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pamela B. Clair on September 14, 2005
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As a psychotherapist specializing in children, this is a lovely fun book for reinforcing self esteem and helping us accept our foibles.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2003
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Sometimes a book can teach a lesson in just the right way to a young child. As an elementary school teacher, I have found self-esteem to be the core of a capable, compassionate, confident child, and I look for books that reinforce this concept. "I'm Gonna Like Me" lets kids know that whoever they are is just fine and that doing the right thing in a situation is the best thing to do even though it might not be exactly what the child wants to do. Her delightful rhymes hold true throughout the book, and the illustrations help bring the lessons to life. Another wonderful book that I use in my classroom to complement this one is "Chelsea's New Home" where a golfish's belief in herself helps her make her dream come true. Also written in lively rhyme with great illustrations, Chelsea follows her heart to escape from an artificial pond to find a new home.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2002
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I was absolutely charmed when I read this book, starting with
the title. I screw up and miss the mark more often than I wish in life, and my self-esteem stays intact (finally!) Here Jamie gets to the point and relays the often-misunderstood definition of self-esteem in a way that kids can understand: our innate worth (self-esteem) is just a fancy-schmancy term for self-love, and it is separate from the quality of our achievements, other people's opinions, criticism or praise of us, or having character defects which need improvement (a lifelong challenge for humans.) Keeping it simple is often the best approach, which is why I love to look at children's books for personal reminders. By the way, lest anyone mistake this for a psychology text, it is not. It is a children's book. Fun. Simple. Charming. A joy and a pleasure.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2002
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Wonderful book! Jamie Lee Curtis hits all the hot spots that make kids feel like they are weird. I love it, and had to run out and grab it for my boys, one with ADHD and self-esteem issues. A must buy for any parent with a child that could use a little image boost.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lacy Mickelson on December 4, 2002
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My daughters are 4 and 2 and my son is 4 months old and they all adore this story. Everytime after we read this book, both my daughters tell me things they are good at. And my baby loves to look at the colorful pictures. I would recommend this book to everyone, even if you don't have kids. I love this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Mother and Avid Reader on June 6, 2005
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Being a kid is tough. You have peer pressure, bullies, and loads of other stuff to deal with. This book teaches kids a valuable lesson - you are who you are and you're fabulous just as you are!

You can never praise your kids too much. You can never give your kids enough positive reinforcement. Life is rough enough without parents adding to it. Give your kids hugs, tell them that you love them, and tell them that they are worthy of love and respect. You can NEVER give your kid enough emotional support.

This book has an awesome message and I highly recommend it!
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