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My Favorite Thing (According to Alberta) (Anne Schwartz Books) Hardcover – May 18, 2004
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–Alberta has "particular tastes." She is not too fond of dogs, but cats are OK, especially her own pet, Neptune. Potato chips are her favorite vegetable, and her favorite color is orange because it is "terrifically exciting." Alberta does not like baby dolls, but stuffed owls are OK. Fish are OK so long as they are in the ocean. She likes to soak for long hours in the tub. So, of everything in Alberta's world, what is her absolute favorite thing? It's… herself, she says, while completing a handstand on a bright pink table. Close in theme to Nancy Carlson's I Like Me! (Viking, 1988) or Jamie Lee Curtis's I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem (HarperCollins, 2002), Jenkins's book is still an original. The illustrations are goofy and humorous, combining both watercolor and ink with objects such as beads or soap bars in a collage format. This book would make a lively selection for storytimes focusing on themes of self-esteem–or for sheer good fun.–Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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About the Author
Emily Jenkins is the author of Five Creatures (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor recipient, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, and an American Library Association Children's Notable Book), Daffodil, and The Secret Life of Billie's Uncle Myron, as well as some stuff for grown-ups. Her favorite color is dusty blue, and her favorite candies are gummies (just like Alberta). She is definitely a cat person.
AnnaLaura Cantone is the illustrator of many silly children's books, including My Favorite Thing (According to Alberta) by Emily Jenkins, as well as the two Pecorino books. She lives her husband in Milan, Italy.
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Top Customer Reviews
Narrator: "Dogs are not her favorite thing."
Alberta: "'I do not like large ones that drool, but small ones that keep their tongues in their mouths are okay,' explains Alberta."
Narrator: "Lots of people don't appreciate baths, but Alberta likes to soak in the tub for hours."
Alberta: "'I stay until my feet look prune-y,' she says. `I have three rubber sharks.'"
There's something both precocious and yet quite real about a youngster with such definite ideas. However, Alberta comes across simply as someone who knows herself, and as long as she's being asked, she's doesn't hesitate to share with the reader (even though you might not always approve "If I could never brush my teeth again, that would be fine with me," she informs us, although her mother makes sure that she does! So what is Alberta's favorite thing? WARNING: SPOILER AHEAD. For someone who feels confident enough to tell all this personal information, it is perhaps not surprising that "My favorite thing is...ME!"
This is a very funny book that realistically captures the thoughts and feelings of the egocentric very young (and I mean that in the nicest way possible). The creative story encourages self-esteem through self-expression, and is not at all message- heavy.
AnnaLaura Cantone's wonderful illustrations look like collages with cut painted paper, perhaps color-reproduced pictures, and fanciful perspective-jarring compositions and figures (including a dog with a studded collar, a cat with a very long snout, and a bird who almost always has something perched on its head). There's a great deal of action, color, and movement in the pictures, and these, combined with slightly untidy lines and squiggles, give a wonderfully chaotic quality that represents Alberta's individuality and fast-paced inner life. They resemble something Ralph Steadman might draw if he were restricted to G-rated pictures. Recommended very highly for those who like humor, unconventionality, and the raw, unadorned truth of a young girl who speaks her mind.