Me First!

Me First!

Book - 2013
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In the duck family, there are four siblings, one of whom always wants to be first--up until the moment when the impatient duck gets a shocking surprise! The underlying idea, of course, is that we don't always stand to win everything by being first. Indeed, the illustrator dedicates the book to all the children who take their time and go slowly. Nevertheless, this is no message book and it makes its point by getting up to its own dark comedy and mischief in the most pleasing way.

Born in Brazil, Kris Di Giacomo is a popular children's book illustrator who has lived in France for a long time. She has illustrated twenty picture books, a few of which she has written as well.

Michaël Escoffier was born in France in 1970. Raised by a family of triceratops, he discovered his passion for writing and telling stories at a young age. He lives in Lyon, France, with his wife and two children.

Publisher: New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2013
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781592701360
Branch Call Number: E ESC
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,22 cm


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forbesrachel Mar 09, 2014

One day a family of ducks goes out to have some fun. Among them, is one brother that is more eager than the rest though. For each activity he brazenly shouts "me first!" and dashes off. This over-eagerness is accompanied by looks of incredulity, surprise, or disapproval from his siblings and mother, who just happen to be in the path of his bursts of flight.

The other ducks are clearly unable to enjoy the day as much when their toys are stolen, or their brother acts rude, something which this little duck neglects to notice. At the end of the day he runs off one final time and on the final page finds himself learning a lesson he will never forget; being first isn't always for the best.

Both the simple text and pictures prefer to let the subject matter speak for itself, and while it seems silly on the surface it is a much more serious tale than that, and cautions against eagerness. More sympathy is actually felt for the family than this troublesome child though. It is they that have to deal with him, and while he certainly learned not to rush off in the end, there is no guarantee he learned to show respect towards others.

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