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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

David Catrow - SOLC 21

I love David Catrow's work.  He illustrates and sometimes even writes the most wonderful stories.  Every time I find a book that he illustrates, I must buy it.  I enjoy the characters and colors he creates.  You just can't help smiling or laughing out loud with every turn of the page.

My first experience with his work was the book Take Me Out of the Bath Tub written Alan Katz.  David Catrow illustrated the book.  It was full of poems set to familiar children's songs.  I had a student that loved me to sing the book to him all the time.  He didn't even mind my rather interesting singing voice.

One of my favorite picture books is I Like Myself.  It was written by Karen Beaumont.  David Catrow illustrated the book.  "I like myself.  I'm glad I'm me.  There's no one else I'd rather be."  These words are made even more powerful, in my opinion, because of the way it was illustrted with an awkward looking yet adorable girl at the center.  The book teaches self-esteem and I love reading it aloud to my students every year, even though I am sure the middle school students don't have the appreciation for it that I do.


  1. Catrow's style is so unique. I too, own many books he illustrated. I love being surprised to find a new title from him. I don't know I Like Myself. A perfect message for kids.

  2. I love the Bathtub poems, too. And the illustrations make the poems so much fun! I'll have to check out I Like Myself. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  3. I just added "I Like Myself" to my goodreads list. THANK YOU!