Book Review: I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson

Posted by Big Daddy Paul in Book Reviews

I Like MeI hate this book.  It is about a pig that has no friends, save the grey cat that follows her everywhere.  While all the other kids are out playing, the pig paints pictures of cats, eats cookies in bed, and has sad tea parties with her cat and some stuffed animals.  Then, the pig dances around in her underwear and makes a couple of cakes.  Picture after picture, the book shows the pig enjoying things alone, and, in one sad depiction, the pig falls down while roller skating and all the other animals laugh at it.

Are you freaking kidding me? This book teaches kids to grow up and be crazy old cat ladies! I wholeheartedly support a book that teaches kids to be comfortable with who they are.  It should not, however, teach kids to be sugar addicted hermits.  What’s wrong with having a few friends in there?  If you ask me, if you have a grand total of zero friends (cats never, ever count) you should take a long hard look at yourself, not pat yourself on the back.  I don’t know the correct way to get kids to be comfortable with who they are, but neither does this author.

I am also a little uncomfortable with the pig eating so many sweets.  Isn’t it a little stereotypical?  What do you call it when someone goes to town on cookies in bed or scarfs down an entire cake? Pigging out! Jeez, why not have the loser be a dog, or better yet, a miserable fucking cat.  (I am still a bit irritated at the neighbor cats for shitting all over our yard, can you tell?) Hey, sweets have a fine place in this world, but you shouldn’t tell kids that they are for making yourself feel good that nobody else likes  you.  Go make a friend and enjoy a ice cream sundae with them.  If you read this book to your kid, you are asking for trouble.  I am hiding it from Malcolm.

Grade: D- (no guns, no sex, no drugs, so it had something going for it.)

2 responses to “Book Review: I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson”

  1. gnfgn says:

    shut up go work

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