I found a review for this book in my Horn Book Magazine. I’ve been catching up on back issues and am adding considerably to my wishlists for the kids’ Christmas books. This one struck me as particularly timely. The Bears as the 1%. It made their list of best books of 2010.
Me and You is a retelling of Goldilocks by the United Kingdom’s children’s laureate, Anthony Browne. As The Horn Book review writes, in this rendition, “Goldilocks is a have-not who stumbles out of her gritty urban neighbourhood into the Bears’ bourgeois home.” The illustrations underscore structurally the divide between the lost girl and the well-off bears. She gets small panels of black and white, wordless story on the left-hand pages, and the Bears’ story is in full colour on the right side. Baby Bear narrates. The illustrations are wonderfully apt for each subject, and Goldilocks gets a surprising shock of colour in her bright red (!) hair when she enters the Bears’ house, hungry, tired, frightened and alone. A marvelous revisioning that gives the story a new poignance. See more here.