Without You by Genevieve Cote
The pig and bunny from Me and You return in this second book about their friendship. After pig accidentally dumps bunny’s items out of a wagon, the two of them decide they can no longer be friends. They list the things that they will happily do apart from one another from cooking to reading to painting and music. Then they realize that things are indeed much more fun together. Food tastes better, colors are brighter, and music is sweeter. This celebration of the ups and downs of friendship will resonate with children.
Cote has written this book in a fresh engaging first person style where the two characters take turns talking in their own voices. The lack of any framing statements makes for a very engaging book that is a pleasure to read aloud, changing between the two distinct voices of the characters. The illustrations echo the same freshness with their pastel palette, light lines and free form colors.
A great choice for friendship story times, this book’s springtime colors will also make it a natural fit for any spring story time. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Kids Can Press.
Also reviewed by Young Readers.