My Wild Sister and Me by Iris Wewer
Told from the point of view of a younger brother, this book is about the thrill of having a big sister who not only plays with you, but pretends to be different animals! She is sometimes a giraffe, aloof and ignoring him. So he is forced to be a skunk and sulk about it. Other times, she is a bear and he can be a bear along with her. Still other times, they are the happiest animals of all, bunnies! They play Catch-the-Bunny, much to their mutual delight. But when his sister’s friend comes and asks her to play with her, she leaves without a second thought. Leaving one very sad bunny behind. But this bunny is also clever and knows just how to tease his sister into another round of Catch-the-Bunny when she returns.
Wewer captures the sibling dynamic so well here. From the pull of other friends for the older sibling, to the sense of abandonment for the younger, and finally the joy of playing together. She has also nicely captured the naughtiness of children, their energy and their vivid imaginations. It is a book that really feels just as wild and loose as its title implies.
Wewer’s art adds to the dynamic feel of the title. My particular favorite page features the children dashing around the entire margin of the page dressed as bunnies. The illustrations of the children plainly show their emotions, from the anger when his sister returns to the blank innocence in case he gets caught taking her toothbrush. Priceless!
If you have children who are wild, silly and occasionally turn into animals on you, this is the book for them! Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from NorthSouth.