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Me, All Alone, at the End of the World (2005)

by M. T. Anderson

Other authors: Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)

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In this book, a little boy lives alone at the end of the world. One day an old man comes and begin turning the area into a tourist location. It is fun at first for the little boy, but then he misses being alone and feeling the wind, so he leaves the end of the world to go to the top of the world.
This book is a good example of fantasy because the location is in an imaginary world. This imaginary place is the end of the world- which does not exist because the earth is round. However, the characters are realistic and the events of turning a nature-area into a tourist location are realistic aspects.
Age Appropriateness: Primary/lower intermediate
  khofer15 | Feb 2, 2017 |
Picture book, beautiful artistry, imagination, innovation, challenge to overcome, protagonist must face change or change himself
Ways to use this book:
*Compare the Constantine Shimmers into the end of the world with the invasion of explorers into Native American land. What is the same? What is different?
*Writing prompt: imagine other places like the ones in the book, what if Mr. Shimmers finds new location, where are boy's parents, etc. ( )
  tawnyao | Jul 25, 2015 |
This beautifully illustrated story is about a young boy who lives at the end of the world--a place of solitude and adventure. When he comes across a businessman named Shimmer, he is excited to have a friend until Shimmer develops the land into a busy, noisy resort. The boy soon learns that he misses the harmony of this place and at the end moves to the "top of the world." The writing is simple yet purposeful, and this book is perfect for a child (or an adult) who wants to appreciate the importance of solitude in such a noisy world. ( )
  hhuget | Sep 6, 2012 |
A boy lives all alone searching for treasure, fossils, and enjoying nature until a professional visonatry comes along and changes life as he knows it. Constantine Shimmer builds an inn that is busy all year long. The boy meets freinds and they play, but he begins to miss how things were. Grades 1-3. ( )
  ydraughon | Jun 5, 2012 |
A young boy enjoys the quiet life he leads at the end of the world until an old man with a vision comes and changes it all. This book shows how the area evolves as it becomes more like a city than a lonely place at the end of the world and how the boy handles it. This is a great story to talk about frienship and solitude and harmony and happiness with the simple life. ( )
  destinymbruner | Jun 1, 2012 |
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To my cousin Mark, who took me hang-gliding at the End of the World.
--M.T.A.

To Hugh and Joyce, extraordinary cliff dwellers.
--K.H.
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I lived by myself at the End of the World.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763615862, Hardcover)

From the celebrated picture-book team of M. T. Anderson and Kevin Hawkes comes a wistful, wondrous ode to the natural pleasures of peace and solitude.


The boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting treasure with old maps, finding fossils, whistling tunes, playing ball by the drop. It's a peaceful, contemplative life, and the boy is content. Until, that is, a self-styled Professional Visionary arrives and puts up a sign: CONSTANTINE SHIMMER'S GALVANO-MAGICAL END OF THE WORLD TOURS. FUN ALL THE TIME! Soon men with machines come to pave a clearing for the inn and theme park, and the touring children seem nice, but still. . . . M. T. Anderson's lyric homage to simplicity and self-reliance is brought to life in arresting detail by the masterful artwork of Kevin Hawkes, creating a fantastical yet evocative world sure to resonate with everyone who enters it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:27 -0400)

A boy enjoys living quietly by himself at The End of the World until Mr. Constantine Shimmer, "Professional Visionary," builds an inn and an amusement park, demanding that tourists come and have "Fun Without End!"

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