From the celebrated picture-book team of M. T. Anderson and Kevin Hawkes comes a wistful, wondrous ode to the natural pleasures of peace and solitude.
The boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting treasure with old maps, finding fossils, whistling tunes, playing ball by the drop. It's a peaceful, contemplative life, and the boy is content. Until, that is, a self-styled Professional Visionary arrives and puts up a sign: CONSTANTINE SHIMMER'S GALVANO-MAGICAL END OF THE WORLD TOURS. FUN ALL THE TIME! Soon men with machines come to pave a clearing for the inn and theme park, and the touring children seem nice, but still. . . . M. T. Anderson's lyric homage to simplicity and self-reliance is brought to life in arresting detail by the masterful artwork of Kevin Hawkes, creating a fantastical yet evocative world sure to resonate with everyone who enters it.
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||6 - 9 Years|
About the Author
M. T. Anderson is the author of several distinguished picture books, including Handel, Who Knew What He Liked, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, named an American Library Association Notable Children's Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and The Serpent Came to Gloucester, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, a Junior Library Guild Selection. He is also the author of several young adult novels, including Feed, a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of numerous award-winning picture books, including Weslandia and Sidewalk Circus, both written by Paul Fleischman. Weslandia was named an American Library Association Notable Book and was a finalist for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Sidewalk Circus, also an American Library Association Notable Children's Book, won the Society of Illustrators Silver Medal.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderful picture book about enjoying yourself, and the value of quiet and inner-reflection. The pictures are terrific - glowing and whimsical, with more to see every time you look.A child enjoys his life alone at the End of the World. But then he is discovered, and Mister Shimmer, Professional Visionary decides to build up the End of the World into a wild fun park. The child enjoys making new friends, but is overwhelmed by the constant fun Mr. Shimmer thinks is so necessary.
About: Me, All Alone, at the End of the World is a children’s picture book written by M. T. Anderson and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. It will be published on 3/14/2017 by Candlewick, hardcover, 48 pages. The genres are adventure, nature, fantasy, fiction, etc. This book is intended for children ages 6 to 9, grades 1 to 4. According to the publisher’s website, Candlewick Press is committed to making the world a better place, not just through the books they publish but also in the way they work. My Experience: I started reading Me, All Alone, at the End of the World for my 5 year-old son as a bed time story on 2/25/17 and we finished it that same night. We read it again on 3/5/17 because this book calls for re-reading. The illustration is amazing! Very imaginative! In this book, readers will follow a boy who lives alone by the mountain cliff at the end of the world. He enjoys the slow days where he spends his time looking for fossils, listening to the winds, whistling, and watching the sunset. One day, a strange man named Constantine Shimmer appears and tells the boy he will create an end of the world tours so that more people will come and it will provide fun all the time. Mr. Shimmer thinks the boy should have friends and fun. Once the fun park is set up, Mr. Shimmer introduces the boy some friends, Bert, Juke, and Minnie Bucket. They have all kinds of fun together at the Constantine Shimmer’s Galvano-Magical End of the World Tours Fun All The Time. They enjoys hang glide, hot air balloon, ice skating, and many more. After a week of fun, the boy miss the wind and the quiet solitude before Mr. Shimmer arrives. Despite the new friends and the fun, he wants to leave. I really enjoy reading this book. I can relate to the boy wanting solitude to think and listen to nature. My son and I truly love the illustrations. I don’t know if this book can be enjoyable for kids without the pictures because I think kids may enjoy the fun more than the solitude. I enjoy this book a bit more because I prefer more quiet time than loud noise. This book, however, is still great for kids because it shows that they can still have fun on their own. The boy likes to look for treasures with old maps and puts bones of dinosaurs back together with twine. At night he likes to sleep in his cozy shack with the sound of the rain and thunder. I highly recommend this book for all ages. Pro: illustrations, solitude, new friends, fun & loud vs peace & quiet, nature Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com