Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Funny look at mom who gets addicted to selfies.

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Educational Value

Shows the use and overuse of smartphones and selfies.

Positive Messages

Be present with your family rather than always being on your phone, taking selfies, posting pictures online. It's good to take a break from your device. "Is this selfie craze a big, bad mistake? / All of these pictures now really seem fake." "The BEST time of all / SELFLESS family love."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kids in this mixed-race family are the ones seeing things clearly. The mom is the one who's mixed up. She gets selfie-obsessed and her kids bring her back to reality and get her to moderate her phone use, reminding her what's important is "selfless love." 

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Me, Myselfie & I is another charming, knowing picture book by the team of actress and author Jamie Lee Curtis and illustrator Laura Cornell. This one pokes fun at a smartphone-obsessed mom who's constantly snapping and posting selfies and photos of her kids, who eventually get her to put her phone away. It could open up discussions about appropriate, family-friendly smartphone use and how some behaviors get in the way of family fun and true connection. 

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Parent of a 8-year-old Written byanhtuan290395 October 28, 2018


very nice

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What's the story?

Kids who want their "old-fashioned" mom to be more modern give her a smartphone for her birthday, and before long all she cares about is ME, MYSELFIE & I. She becomes obsessed with taking and posting selfies and pictures of her kids and their activities. Finally her daughter stops "the madness" and says, "No more, Mom, we're through."

Is it any good?

This funny book about a selfie-obsessed mom will speak to many parents who could stand to moderate their smartphone use. Kids will get a kick out of Me, Myself & I with Lauren Cornell's antic illustrations of a mom snapping photos of her kids everywhere, from the grocery store to ski practice. The focus is on the parent, but young readers will enjoy seeing a kid be the hero by curbing the mom's out-of-control, misguided behavior.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how cell phone use is portrayed in Me, Myselfie & I. How much is too much? How does always taking pictures affect family life?

  • Have you thought about having device-free dinner? How would family time be different if no one was on their cell phone? 

  • How do you feel about having your parents post pictures of you online? Is it fun or does it make you uncomfortable sometimes? Do you feel like they do it too much? 

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