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Looking Like Me

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  364 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
When you look in a mirror, who do you see?

A boy? A girl?
A son? A daughter?
A runner? A dancer?

Whoever and whatever you see–
just put out your fist and give yourself an "I am" BAM!

This jumping, jazzy, joyful picture book by the award-winning team of Walter Dean and Christoper Myers celebrates every child, and every thing that child can be.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by EgmontUSA (first published October 13th 2009)
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Dec 18, 2009 Betsy rated it really liked it
Says the parent to the librarian, "I need something for my child to improve their self-esteem." Uh-huh. Fine. Self-esteem. That's the kind of topic that inspires the worst possible books for kids, you know. Cute forest animals who learn about sharing and small classroom dramas about "being yourself." If an author goes out there and says, "I'm going to write a book about self-esteem" they may find it near impossible to do well. Books of that sort have to come from someplace deep inside, or else t ...more
There's nothing like starting out on a strong, affirming foot. Let's just put it out there, son - I am a good looking guy. And things are just going to get better from there. My sister comes along and tells me I am a brother. My teacher calls me a writer. I look in the mirror and call myself a talker. Fist bumps all around.

This big bold boy-centric anthem is illustrated with strong, bright-colored collage images - wild animals, city buildings, and images from non-Western culture underlay graphic
Jun 15, 2012 Guen rated it it was amazing
My 2-year-old daughter calls this the "Give it a Bam" book; she and I both really enjoy it. My daughter bams my fist every time we read the repeated phrase "I put out my fist, (s)he gave it a bam". She loves the interactive fist bamming. She also loves the illustrations. They are done in a collage effect with photographs and cut-outs of African-American people in various bright colors. Some of the pictures could be viewed as disturbing, but they do not disturb my daughter; she seems to delight i ...more
Dec 23, 2009 Inge rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
Is it sacrilegious to feel this way about a Walter Dean Myers book? The opening lines are charming: "I looked in the mirror and what did I see? A real handsome dude just looking at me". But it's real down-hill from there.

The collage aspects have some interesting and appealing components (especially the photos of real children and NYC locations), but the mixture of paper collage and actual photographs is grating to the eye, and headache inducing to boot. Perhaps if they were integrated different
Mar 18, 2012 Tami rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this picture book! One of the most exciting things to me is the way in which I found it: I was reading Sharon Creech’s wonderful book written in free verse, LOVE THAT DOG. The main character is a young boy who narrates his journey, led by his classroom teacher, into the world of poetry and the wonderful things it can mean in and add to his life. In the course of their poetry unit he is exposed to the poet Walter Dean Myers who quickly becomes his favorite after he reads Deans’ poem LOVE T ...more
Hailey Dellinger
The main idea of Looking Like Me By: Walter Dean Myers, is about a kid with all kinds of identities. The book shows that he is a brother, son, poet and a runner. For example, "I'm a city child. I love the dizzy heights, the concrete, the steel, the bright neon lights." The book does a great job at describing the different identities with rhyming words! The main character is named Jeremy and other characters include his sister, father, teacher, and mom. Throughout the story these characters help ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Kyle rated it it was amazing
I read this book for my free choice picture book recommended off of the Goodreads list.

Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers is written in poetry. It is about a boy named Jeremy who spends time finding out who he is. With the help of family and friends he realizes he has many layers to him. He is a son, a brother, a dancer, a runner, a writer, a city boy, and artist, etc. The use of poetry was great for young readers because it brings about a beat that almost sounds lyrical. For example: "I looke
Jasmin Nabors
Mar 11, 2015 Jasmin Nabors rated it really liked it
Looking Like Me is a book written like one long poem. The book follows a narrator who is making a list of things that describe him. He starts with his name, and as he encounters more people, he identifies as other things such as a brother, son, writer, runner, and dreamer. The people the narrator encounters tell him that they cherish what he is to them. For example, his grandma says "your pictures make me smile. I love your funny smile. I love your funny portraits, and tour scenes have so much s ...more
Cara Byrne
Dec 29, 2014 Cara Byrne rated it really liked it
As Jeremy adds to his long list of words that describe him (whether a little brother, a son, a writer, runner, dreamer or dancer") and fist bumps his family, teachers, and friends with a "BAM," it's hard not to smile at this empowering manifesto of a young boy who is celebrating all that he is and all that he does. From the title, I thought that race would be brought in explicitly, as "looking" suggests defining oneself by his or her appearance, but Jeremy's (nor the author or illustrator's) rac ...more
The main idea of "Looking Like Me" is to show a child, that as an individual, they can be many different things; a brother, a son, an artist, a runner. The main character, Jeremy, looks in the mirror to see just himself, yet after passing his sister, grandmother, teacher, and many others he realized he was much more than just 'Jeremy.' The genre of this text, by Walter Dean Myers, is fiction... more importantly named domestic fiction in the 1800's.
As a literacy teacher I would use this story to
Dione Basseri
Aug 11, 2016 Dione Basseri rated it it was amazing
No one is ever a simple, single-definition person, and this book make a point to describe some of the many things that can make up who you are. Child, dancer, writer, sibling, runner, dreamer. And so many other things. Such an important message in a day where one terrible event can lead to the media labeling someone as just a "Black man," rather than all the things they are.

Race isn't really brought up in this book, but Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers both focus in their other works on t
Sarah Sammis
I'm took a materials for children ages 5 to 8. The class required a lot of reading and analysis of children's books. One of the books I chose to use for homework was Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by Christopher Myers. I chose the book because I appreciate Walter Dean Myer's poetry and Christopher Myer's collages caught my eye when the book was on display at the library.

The book opens with a boy looking at himself in the mirror and admitting that he sees a handsome dude loo
Ryan Rainey
Jan 25, 2012 Ryan Rainey rated it liked it
This book takes place around Jeremy community.Jeremy is the main character of the story. The characters in this book are Jeremy, his siblings, his mother, and father. The plot of this story is Jeremy goes around his community learning about himself from other people that he knows. The conflict is that Jeremy is confused about who he is until he talks to the people that he knows and that knows him. He resolves the conflict by talking to these people that know him the best and explain to him who t ...more
Jun 23, 2010 Anna rated it liked it
Jeremy is a Black Harlem lad, who fist-bumps various family members and neighbors as he looks in the mirror and spins a poem about himself as “a real handsome dude looking just like me.” His father, sister, teacher, mailman, grandmother, friends, and mother fist-bump him back or accord him respect as they validate him as son, brother, writer, “city child,” artist, dancer, talker, runner, and dreamer before he then suggest to the reader that he or she too “make a long list if you want to—have you ...more
Oct 24, 2011 Esti rated it really liked it
Father and son team Christopher and Walter Dean Myers have created a swift, lyrical, uplifting book that invites children to explore their own identities. Jeremy, the book's narrator, travels through the story and encounters a variety of people, through whose eyes he sees himself as a brother, son, writer, dreamer, and dancer, among other things.

Walter Dean Myers' text is a free-flowing poem described as "jumping, jazzy, and joyful" on the book jacket. Christopher Myers' collage illustrations ar
A true multicultural gem aimed at middle school students. This book challenges the "singles story" in full. In this book we learn that the main character is not just "one thing or person." The entire book talks about who he is. It is written as a poem or a rhythmic prose, perhaps... It challenges the reader to do the same for themselves. This book inspired me to come up with an activity, which would require students to make a list of who they are: a boy, a dancer, a writer, etc and have their cl ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: text-set
Looking Like Me is about boy named Jeremy who celebrates all the things that make him who he is to the many different people he comes into contact with throughout the day. The text is poetic and contains patterns. After everything he lists, he gives it “a bam” with his fist, indicating he is proud of the things he is. In the end he tells the reader to make a list of things they are and give themselves a "bam" too. This text would relate to my theme unit on being unique as the main character desc ...more
Jez Layman
Jan 19, 2014 Jez Layman rated it it was amazing
This was a really fun read-along. I enjoyed the content and the book's aims to provide POCs with ways to find themselves in literature, as well as to—if I may borrow a term from John Green—imagine people, and one's self, complexly. The art is engaging, combining very unique papercraft-like styles with photographs. The read-along tape did well to provide background noises to match the art without being too loud or distracting. Additionally, the book was read by African-American actors, which adde ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Mike rated it liked it
Walter Dean Myers painted a great text about children and how they see themselves. Identity is important in life and this book does a great job at getting children to see themselves in many different ways. Many children are into different things and this book allows kids to see themselves as whatever they want to be.

I may be off here and I am new to the picture book realm but I found the pictures to be too busy. The pictures of the main character itself was fine but it was laid over actual phot
My students are doing aa unit on Walter Dean Myers and the librarian brought in this book. I love it and so do my students!

When students begin to read it, I remind them of the book from kindergarten, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. It helps them find the rhythm of the poem. Once they are involved in the rhythm, they sink into the story. I've caught a couple of them chanting!

I love to see my students so enthralled by a poem. They actually groaned when they finished the book and asked if
This is a great book to inspire children to be proud of who they are. This dialogue story is told by a boy discovering who he is on every page. He is a son, brother, writer, poet, and many other things. There is always something to be proud of no matter who you are and this is something children must be aware of. I think this would be a great book to read at the end of the school year to give them a great boost of confidence before going off to a new grade. They will have already accomplished so ...more
Wendy Fontenot
Oct 14, 2013 Wendy Fontenot rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers

Short description of the book: Jeremy fist pumps with members of his family as well as others who help him discover the many facets of who he is.

FOCUS: Narrative features I would use in a mini-lesson

1) This is a great book to show students the effectiveness of precise phrases, “I gave it a bam!” and its effect. Although he never says he does a fist pump, the reader can clearly envision this because of the excellent word choice.

2) It’s also good f
Jan 29, 2013 Ch_13catherinecooper rated it liked it
Shelves: mc-literature
This book is the story of a boy who is adding to his identity and feeling good about who he is as a person. The young boy interacts with various people in his world (teacher, sister, father, grandmother, mailman, etc.) and each of them add to his identity. From his sister he adds that he is also a brother in life, a son (from his father) and a city boy (from the mailman).

There are a variety of abstract images and sharp colors that give the reader the impression that there are multiple facets be
Charles Martin
Feb 15, 2011 Charles Martin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
By far my favorite Myers father/son work so far, this book is incredible. A poetic list of the different things a person sees they are in the mirror and/or through the eyes of the people who love and care about the main character. The book even includes a call to action at the end: "Why don't you find a mirror and some friends along the way? Think of all the things you do and all the things they say. Make a long list if you want to -- have yourself an "I am" jam. Then give yourself a great big s ...more
Eva Leger
Sep 03, 2010 Eva Leger rated it did not like it
Recommended to Eva by: library
Shelves: julias-books
Eh. I'm not sure this was in the correct spot at the library. I'm not accepting this as a book geared towards toddlers. Young children fine, toddlers no.
I think I remember one or two of the pictures being downright freaky for a 4 or 5 year old to see and the writing did nothing for either one of us. I get the point, I love the point and I think the point should be written about more often. I just think it should be executed better. I'd venture to say most people "like" this because of who the a
Margaret Boling
Sep 23, 2016 Margaret Boling rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
9/22/2016 ** This lovely book with fabulous rhythm and opportunities to rap (if I could do that) showed up on my library request list...I think I requested it because I read about it on a blog with the Nerdy Book Club about books to build community in the classroom.

I can't wait to share it with students. The illustrations are compelling - showing the boy fulfilling all his different positive roles - boy, son, brother, writer, runner, singer. Visually, it will appeal to the "look and find" crowd.
Kirstin Baker
1. Text-to-self connection: I am a sister, daughter, writer, country girl, artist, dancer, dreamer, friend, college graduate, athlete, student, poet, collector, photographer, and speaker. The author has some of these things that help identify who he is too.
2. Blooms Questions:
1. Name two things that Walter Dean Myers (the author) is.
2. What was the main idea of this story?
3. What questions would you ask the author and/or illustrator?
4. What is the relationship between words and the picture
A great book to talk to kids about negotiating multiple identities. This urban narrator who is never identified as African American although collage illustrations suggest, discusses how he is a son, a brother, a dreamer, a dancer, a writer, and more. Written as an extended poem, the text is rythmic and lyrical. The illustrations are an interesting mix of seemingly random pictures in a collage with silhouette's of painted bodies over them. It adds a very cool feel to the book.

One of the most inte
Miss Ryoko
Dec 14, 2010 Miss Ryoko rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOOOOOOOOOOVED this book!! I love Walter Dean Myers on any given day, but when I was going through kids books to check out books for my classroom and came across a children's book by him, I got pretty excited. And of course, it was fantastic! I love the message and the rawness of the words - one of my biggest pet peeves is when people dumb down unnecessary things for children or twist the truth because they're children and "you shouldn't talk about it" (like things like death). But ...more
Feb 28, 2015 thewanderingjew rated it it was amazing
Just 32 pages long, this brief, little picture book would be a welcome read for children of all ages, adults too, because of the message of self-esteem it imparts. I enjoyed listening to it and am sorry I did not get to see the illustrations. The narrators read it with inspiring expression and feeling. Everyone reading or listening to this lyrical, rap-rhythm presentation of the book, will get the message of hope and confidence, the message to believe in one’s own ability to be all that is possi ...more
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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