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Go ahead and enjoy doing things even if you're just OK at them, this friendly concept book advises. Lichtenheld (What Are You So Grumpy About?) sets aside the color spreads of his previous titles for simple line drawings based on a visual pun. The book's hero is a little stick figure whose head is the O of OK, and whose arms and legs are the K. (Imagine the word OK tipped up on its side.) The scenery is similarly minimal: a black horizon line, a squiggly tree, some grass. I like to try a lot of different things, the OK figure says. I'm not great at all of them, but I enjoy them all the same. On each succeeding page, the stick figure turns in a series of OK performances, roasting a marshmallow, cutting a sandwich not really in half (I'm an OK sharer), and looking at the result of his fishing—a tangle of seaweed and a boot. One day, I'll grow up to be really excellent at something, OK says, while lying in bed. I don't know what it is yet... but I sure am having fun figuring it out. In this age of skateboarding championships and spelling bee movies, it can't hurt to remind kids that the pleasure we take in simple activities is what makes life worthwhile. All ages.
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About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and grown-ups. Her children's books include Plant a Kiss (illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds); Little Pea and This Plus That (Jen Corace); Cookies: Bit-Size Life Lessons (Jane Dyer); Duck! Rabbit!, The OK Book, Yes Day!, and Exclamation Mark (Tom Lichtenheld); Spoon and Chopsticks (Scott Magoon); The Wonder Book (Paul Schmid); Uni the Unicorn (Brigette Barrager); and Awake Beautiful Child (Gracia Lam). Her work for grown-ups includes the memoir Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and the film project The Beckoning of Lovely. Amy lives online at www.whoisamy.com and for real in Chicago.



Tom Lichtenheld is the author and illustrator of What Are You So Grumpy About?, What's with This Room?, and Everything I Know About Pirates and the illustrator of his first two collaborations with Amy Krouse Rosenthal, The OK Book and It's Not Fair! He lives in Geneva, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061152552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061152559
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was a wonderful surprise for us. While I hadn't heard much about it, I thought it could be a helpful book for our four-year-old who lives with Asperger's Syndrome and has some real perfectionist-driven tendencies, so I ordered it with a slew of other books.

We love to read the simple, powerful text together. And, on his own, our son has begun to draw his own "OK" character when we're using sidewalk chalk!

I would recommend this book to anyone with a young child, especially a child who can be overly self-critical.
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What a charming book. The whimsy and wisdom will appeal to both kids and adults. And the message is a timely one in a day and age where kids are pushed to be great at all kinds of things: it's ok to be ok, and eventually you'll find something you're excellent at. Plus the book had a neat little ending that wrapped everything up. Buy 2 and give one to a friend's child. Highly recommended.
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The OK Book is great! I have shared it with my classes at school, and the children love it, too. We are all OK, not perfect, but willing to try our best. Good example for children and a good conversation starter.
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By Judi on February 22, 2008
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This is a fabulous book for preschoolers--it introduces the letters O and K and gets across the message that you don't have to be perfect at everything to feel "ok".
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This is a simple yet clever book using the word OK to be the character and a word and teach a lesson. My son who is in first grade reads it.
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By Maggie on December 30, 2011
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I bought this as a gift for a friend, who's always joking that she's "just average." It turned out to be much cuter than I expected. Very simple - but cute - illustrations, neat message. Although I bought it for an adult, I think it would be a great book for kids. We can't all be great at everything, and that's....well, ok!
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Great resource for both parents and teachers explaining it's "OK" being yourself and to be happy and proud at what you are good at.
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Why couldn't I have thought of this??? It is a good story and book. My children love to tilt the book to see the OK person. (the main character is a stick figure the words ok on it's side)
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