Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers
This father and son partnership has created a picture book that will work with a broad span of ages. Walter Dean Myers’ poem explores everything that a person can be, all the various aspects of a person. He focuses on what a person loves to do, relationships with others, and who that person really is. It is an empowering message of both individuality and connections to others.
The poetry in the book dances from one idea to the next with a jazzy rhythm and urban vibe. Christopher Myers’ art is joyous, loose and loud. The two work together to offer a book filled with rhythm and movement.
This book is accessible enough to be used with children in elementary school, but may speak loudest to older children and teens who are asking themselves about their identity. It begs to be used with students and reacted to in a personal way. Appropriate for ages 7-14.
Reviewed from library copy.