Starring Me and You by Genevieve Cote
Age Range: 2 and up
Series: Piggy and Bunny
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Kids Can Press (March 1, 2014)
Genre: Picture Book
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
In this sweet picture book, two animal friends, a bunny and a pig,
explore the world of their emotions as they attempt to put on a play
together. Along the way, they must face a few challenges, such as when
the bunny wants them to “be sunflowers and sing a duet,” while the pig
would rather “be pirates on a shipwreck.” As they work their way to a
successful collaboration, they take turns describing the different ways
they act when they are shy, scared, eager, angry and sad. Each two-page
spread features the bunny on the left page and the pig on the right,
where their words play off each other in rhyme: “When I’m angry I
grumble and pout,” says the bunny. “When I’M angry, I kick and SHOUT!”
answers the pig. A different typeface for each of them further separates
their points of view visually.
author-illustrator Genevi?ve C?t? relies on a simple palette of mostly
shades of pink and white to keep the focus of each page clearly on the
emotion being exuberantly expressed by the animals. This would make an
excellent read-aloud for a discussion about feelings and the importance
of respecting the feelings of others. The lively give-and-take of the
two characters also makes this a wonderful role-playing tool, in which
children could choose to take the part of one or the other of the
animals. Two previous books, Me and You and Without You, feature the
same two characters.
Find the Book:
About the Author/Illustrator:
Geneviève Coté is a Montreal artist whose illustrations have graced the
pages of publications such as the New York Times and the Boston Globe.
Her books have received three nominations for the Governor General’s
Award for Illustration, one of which went on to win, and she has also
won the the Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.
I love Genevieve Cote’s illustrations. They are simple and inviting. My
kids love them as well. They like pointing out all the cute things the
animals are doing in this book.
The book is about emotions and how people deal with situations
differently. It’s our job to help others when they need our
encouragement because you never know when you are going to need theirs.
It’s about being kind and considerate of other people’s feelings.
I really like books like this. It’s well written, has a great message, and has top notch illustrations.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.