Me and Meow

PreS-K—Simple, childlike pictures and a minimal, childlike narrative describe a day in the life of Me and her constant companion, Meow, her red cat. Beneath a stick figure sun, a smiling child extends her arms above the greeting, "Good morning, Me!" On the facing page, Meow is stretching above the words, "Good morning, Meow!" The two eat breakfast together, and then Me pulls Meow in a red wagon outdoors. They engage in "Stump jumping. Leaf leaping. Slip sliding. Hide hiding." Meow hides from Me, who rides her tricycle, determined to find her pet. When the child falls and weeps, the cat comes to comfort her. As the day continues, they sing, play hide-and-seek, and dress up, ending with "Dream Dreaming." The primitive figures are expertly posed and arranged with simple props on color-saturated spreads to reflect the joy and devotion the companions share. Children as young as two years will appreciate the brevity, rhythm, onomatopoeia, and repetition in the text. Gudeon's work brings to mind the simple composition of Mo Willems's I Am Going! (Hyperion, 2010) and the bold colors of Todd Parr's The Grandma Book (Little, Brown, 2006). Me and Meow may inspire children to talk about a special friend and events in their day.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
A little girl and her cat play together from breakfast until bedtime. In the clutter-free illustrations, solid background colors bring to the front the spare, childlike drawings made from simple shapes and outlined in black. Rhyme and alliteration ("Stump jumping. / Leaf leaping. /Slip sliding") make for a playful beginners' read.

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