This Is Me Now

Children - Picture Book
40 Pages
Reviewed on 10/20/2021
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

This is Me Now... by Ms. Kimms is a sweet story about a robot learning how to accept herself, have confidence, and find her inner strength. One day, Diane is playing ball with her friends when she falls and damages one of her arms, causing her arms to no longer match. She struggles to accept these new changes and how people react to her through bouts of anger, confusion, and insecurity. Through her journey, she learns how to accept herself for who she is now, gain self-confidence, and discover her inner power. The story also serves as a lesson in being kind to others and learning how to accept changes within ourselves. Embark on this journey of self-acceptance, personal growth, and inner strength told through rhyme and illustrations that will guide children of all ages to discover their self-confidence and empowerment.

The story has a rhyme scheme that creates a lyrical quality and pairs well with the eccentric and bright illustrations. The illustrations are fun, humorous, and creative with vibrant colors, expressive faces (even in the sun), and curved lines that add personality to each of the drawings. Kimms incorporates the perspective of others which makes Diane feel like she's an outsider. The story weaves in various situations from hearing a child talking about her to the lack of consideration from her friend. Being kind to others is a lesson naturally woven into the story through Diane's experiences, which further her own insecurities about herself. Kimms encompasses the feeling of being alone through how Diane struggles with being different and processes a variety of emotions as she comes to terms with the changes in her life.

The story captures a genuine approach to anxiety and stress over feeling different, having an injury or disability, and feeling like an outsider. Kimms explores Diane's emotions with a genuine tone and honest approach that shows her confusion, anger, and hurt as she faces her fear that no one will see her for who she is and for what she achieves, only for what she's lost and how she's different. Her journey begins with her fall and ends with her lifting herself up in acceptance of who she is while teaching a lesson in being kind. Through the various side characters such as Diane's friend Porkchop, Kimms is honest about the impact others can have on self-esteem and personal growth by showing the importance of acceptance and kindness. This is Me Now... is a great story about confidence, self-acceptance, and empowerment that will appeal to all ages.

Irene Valentine

This Is Me Now by Ms. Kimms is an endearing story about an unusual character, Diane the Robot, who fell awkwardly in play, and damaged her arm. She is faced with the questions we ask when struck by tragedy; why did this happen, and how we can return to the state we were in before this event? She is aware of being different and anticipates rejection. She feels hurt by her friend, Porkchop the cat, who did not know what happened or how to respond. Diane feels freakish, ostracized, and cast down. Her damaged arm thwarts each simple activity she attempts. She is overwhelmed by her perception of an uncertain future, all alone in her struggle. Seeking solace, she encounters a kind stranger in the form of a wise bird who relates to her trauma. The bird encourages Diane with her own story. “One awkward landing, Changed life in an instant. Try learning to fly, With a wing that is bent. I struggled alone. It was quite hard, indeed. You must keep trying, And one day you’ll succeed.”

In her book This Is Me Now, Ms. Kimms has woven a simple story of Diane the robot facing personal adversity, her emotions, and thoughts, into a useful prompt for discussion with children. Diane’s story is written in 4-line stanzas in the simple present tense, which when read aloud has a wonderfully rhythmic appeal as the short sentences flow easily. Imaginative clear color drawings illustrate this important chapter in her life. Ms. Kimms includes several advanced words like ‘perplexed’, ‘reprieve’, and ‘exasperated’ which will help your child’s language learning. I really enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to all parents, for both the moral of the story and the exercise in the English language.

Hayley Haun

In This Is Me Now... by Ms. Kimms, Diane played roughly with some friends and hurt her arm. The problem is she no longer has an arm that looks nice or works the same. Diane questions, “This is me now?” She tries to do everyday things, but nothing seems to have a similar effect. Her life has been changed and not for the better. Life is difficult with a different arm. Even her friends act peculiar because she has changed. Diane doesn’t like it. She is angry, asking over and over again, “This is me now?” However, the good news is there is always someone out there who has been through similar experiences. Soon, Diane will be saying happily, “This is me now.”

This Is Me Now... by Ms. Kimms is a poignant tale about Diane the Robot. “Diane just can’t see that her friend is all heart. She starts to believe her life is torn apart. No one will see me for the things I achieve. They will only see there is something to grieve.” I know all of us at one point or another have felt this way. We want so badly to be like everyone else—to be smart, funny, and good-looking. But the truth is, we all are a tad weird or uneven in some way, whether it be physical or mental. Sometimes people try to act out cruelly, and our egos and hearts are bruised. Yet, all it takes is one person to lift us up and reveal that we aren’t so bad. A must-read for parents and caregivers to share with young readers.