I Love Everything About Me

­Recorded Books. Oct. 2023. 3p. $7.99. ISBN 9798890593818.
PreS-Gr 2–Walker’s metamorphosis from simply reciting the credits to performing the text instantly grabs attention, as she transforms Scipio’s empowering words into a marvelous mantra of self-love. From the opening declaration of “I love everything, absolutely everything about ME!” Walker calls out eyes, cheeks, lips, teeth as parts of “me” to love. Whatever color or type of clothing, whichever activity wherever whenever, Walker joyously shouts out that “everything” falls into the celebratory category. In print, artist Paige Mason’s illustrations enthusiastically highlight an adventurous, assured little Black girl enjoying her day from rise to rest. Walker’s effusive performance is proactively timed for a read-along, but it’s also a rare example of an autonomous aural adaptation of a picture book.
VERDICT Ageless audiences might consider listening on repeat anytime a boost of confidence proves necessary.

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