What About Me?

What About Me?

Book - 2002
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Ed Young once again turns a fable into a saucy collage treat in this tale about a boy who is just looking for a little bit of knowledge! Told he can have knowledge if he gets the Grand Master a carpet, he begins a journey on which everyone-from Spinner to Goatkeeper-tells him their problems. What about me? they demand. In the search for the answers, the boy discovers he has all the knowledge he needs.

A wonderful, circular tale that makes a terrific read-aloud, What About Me? is also a story with a wise moral. Ed Young's deceptively simple cut-paper images seem to jump off the page.
Publisher: New York : Philomel Books, c2002.
ISBN: 9780399236242
0399236244
Branch Call Number: j 398.2095 MIDDLE E YOUNG E
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm.

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FindingJane Aug 02, 2014

This is a simple tale but a good one. Wisdom is hard to come by and can’t be ladled out like soup. When a boy strives to gain “a little bit of knowledge”, he finds himself ranging far and wide, meeting all sorts of people and developing the kind of fortitude you only find in quests or in trying to clean out the garage after a decade of neglect.

With collages of bright color and individual characters, each with their own need, “What about Me?” is one of those stories told “in the round”, in which a character wanders from one person to the next in order to accommodate each person’s needs. It’s fun to read and lovely to look at with sharply defined edges to the illustrations. The text has serifs which convey a slightly foreign feel that ably matches and complements the setting of the story.

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