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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

You Might Be Special!

by (author) Kerri Kokias

illustrated by Marcus Cutler

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2021
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Humorous Stories
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7


This funny interactive “quiz” identifies the things that make us special and celebrates the most special of all --- you!

Do you ever feel like you're different from everyone else? Like there's no one quite like you? Then you might be special! Take this quiz to find out!

This playful book speaks directly to readers and asks questions to determine if they qualify as “special.” The first questions are pretty conventional: “Do you like to stay up late? Can you run fast and jump high? Are you sometimes wild and crazy?” Yes! Yes! Yes! But then: “Do people run away when they see your furry face and pointy teeth?” No? Definitely not a werewolf, then! This same pattern repeats for several fantastical creatures --- unicorns, dragons, mermaids. Then, finally, readers are reassured: though they may be only human, they are different from everyone else. There is no one quite like them. As the book affirms, “You're special because you're ... YOU!”

Kerri Kokias seamlessly blends silly humor with an upbeat message of self-acceptance in this charming interactive picture book. A perfect read-aloud, the book's call-and-response format is sure to be a hit with young readers, who will have lots of fun guessing each creature from the questions --- and lots of giggles answering them. Marcus Cutler's brightly colored illustrations bring just the right mix of goofiness and sincerity to the hilarious and affirming book. This winning book highlights social-emotional learning as it reinforces a positive self-image. And it's just plain fun!

About the authors

Kerri Kokias is the author of Clever Hans and Snow Sisters. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her family.

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Marcus Cutler is a freelance children's illustrator from Ontario, Canada. His work has appeared in magazines, books, apps and more and he has worked with a variety of clients including chickaDEE Magazine, OWL Magazine, Macmillan Publishers and Parks Canada. He is the illustrator of the Lark Ba Detective series, The Owl and the Two Rabbits and The Walrus and the Caribou. He lives in Tecumseh, Ontario.


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Editorial Reviews

Good fun for those shouty storytime crowds.

Kirkus Reviews

... a positive book that will be a guaranteed hit with young children!

CM Magazine

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