The Children’s Book Review | August 5, 2014
By Jimmy Vee; Illustrated by Mike Motz
Hardcover: 32 pages
Age Range: 4-‐8
Publisher: Atlas Press (August 4, 2014)
What to expect: Self-acceptance, Diversity, Rhyme
As a children’s entertainer, Jimmy Vee has combined his love for kids and passion of children’s books in his rhyming picture book by using his “Same Is Lame” philosophy—a philosophy that is all about self—acceptance and knowing it’s okay to be different, as well as embracing the differences of others.
It’s ironic and exactly to the point that the protagonist, Little Jimmy, small as his name suggests, has such a large idea to convey. The charivari text is zippy with solid cadence and delivers in a super kid—friendly way. Set to the scene of a circus—the perfect backdrop to a world of oddities and zaniness—the illustrations are eye—catching and add loads of entertainment to the text. They raise the humor level and add an intelligently safe amount of light—heartedness to the deeper message of embracing one’s unique qualities—it’s clear that the illustrator, Mike Motz, understood Vee’s vision.
This is a book geared toward 4- to 8‐year-olds and more than suitable for all ages—grown‐ups, too. Parents will love the idea of sharing this book with their children, encouraging them to spend less time trying to fit in and more time focusing on being true to themselves. “Same is Lame!”
Note: All of the proceeds from this book will go to fund the Same Is Lame Foundation for kids—a non-‐profit organization (501 C3 pending) created by Jimmy Vee to support exceptional children with extraordinary talent.
Add this book to your collection: Little Jimmy Says, “Same is Lame”
About the Author
Jimmy Vee spends his days making things up and joking around (that’s how his kids and clients describe it). He got his creative start acting with action figures, building high tech gadgets out of trash, tooting made-up tunes on his trumpet and practicing the ancient arts of magic and ventriloquism. In real life, Jimmy is the co-owner of an advertising agency and has co-authored numerous books on sales and marketing, including the bestseller Gravitational Marketing: The Science of Attracting Customers. He is also children’s entertainer and regarded by his peers as one of the leading professional ventriloquists and kid show entertainers performing today.
Jimmy has dedicated his life to helping people discover what makes them unique and showing them how to capitalize on it.
Read The Children’s Book Review‘s interview with Jimmy Vee.
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