Starring Me and You by Geneviève CôtéStarring Me and You by Geneviève Côté

Starring Me and You

byGeneviève CôtéIllustratorGeneviève Côté

Picture Books | March 1, 2014

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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.

Award-winning author-illustrator Geneviève Côté 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.
Geneviève Côté 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 Elisabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award.Geneviève Côté i...
Title:Starring Me and YouFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:32 pages, 8.25 × 8.25 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 8.25 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2014Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1894786394

ISBN - 13:9781894786393

Appropriate for ages: 2


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The plays the thing..... This is a sweet tale about two good friends, bunny and pig. Pig's sidekick frog is also featured and copycats his friend every move and mood.  They have decided to put on a play and together they hang the stage curtains which they attach to two step ladders.  Bunny wants to be a flower and sing a duet but she hides behind the curtains because she is so shy. She has a spectacular garland of leaves that she uses as her costume. Pig, on the other hand wants to be a pirate on a shipwreck because she thinks flowers are so boring.  She sports a pirates hat as her prop. They argue and try to persuade each other why their idea is best and why they should get their way.  In the heat of the argument some of bunny's petals get ripped off by her friend and Pig's hat gets abruptly taken. Finally they see how badly they have been behaving towards each other and feel sad and ashamed of their behaviour.  They apologize,  make up, and together, side by side put on the best stage show ever.  The illustrations are wonderful and the range of emotions and feelings covered are vast.  The book is simple but opens up a dialogue about learning to co-operate, sharing, and playing nicely together.  I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2014-02-03

Editorial Reviews

Third in a series, the book easily stands alone. Among all the picture-book friendship stories, this one stands out for the younger set.-Kirkus Reviews