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Me and You [Hardcover]

Anthony Browne

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Book Description

Oct. 26 2010

A small bear goes for a stroll in the park with his parents, leaving their bowls of porridge cooling on the kitchen table. Meanwhile, a girl with golden hair is hopelessly lost in a big, frightening city when she comes across a house with the door left invitingly open. Inside are three bowls of porridge in the kitchen, three chairs in the living room, and three comfortable-looking beds upstairs, and no one seems to be home . . .


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (Oct. 26 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374349088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374349080
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

 “Browne, children's laureate of the United Kingdom, provides a haunting look at the "Goldilocks" story we thought we knew.” —The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

“Another twist on an old favorite: Anthony Browne offers an urban rendition of the Goldilocks story.” –Florida Times-Union

“Anthony Browne turns his prodigious talents to a clever retelling of the Goldilocks tale in his latest picture book, Me and You. This is no fractured story, though—it’s a full reimagining of Goldilocks from an urban point of view.” –BookPage

“A nursery staple of more recent vintage, the 19th century's "Goldilocks," comes to us in a new, poignant version set in a modern city.” –Wall Street Journal

“Browne's urban, contemporary take on the Goldilocks story brilliantly juxtaposes two artistic and narrative styles.” –Starred, Publishers Weekly

“Younger children can enjoy this picture book, but, in the hands of the right adult, older children will get a lot out of it. Browne has added depth to a story that we thought we already knew.” –Starred, School Library Journal

“In this hauntingly original reworking of "The Three Bears," Goldilocks is a modern-day have-not, while the three bears are haves; their stories unfold separately and receive distinct visual treatments . . . . It's a rich and layered book that will reward multiple re-readings and shake up readers' assumptions about the familiar tale.” –Starred, Horn Book

“Goldilocks hits the big city in this nuanced take on the old favorite.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Browne’s wry fractured fairy tale sets the Goldilocks story in a contemporary urban neighborhood and tells it from the dual viewpoints of a lost little girl and a baby bear.” –Booklist

About the Author

ANTHONY BROWNE is the Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom, and the author and illustrator of more than forty books, including My Brother, My Dad, My Mom, and The Shape Game. He lives in England.


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2.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift. I am grateful I didn't pay for it. July 8 2014
By A. Schar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
First let's stick strictly with the book. The story is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I enjoy a traditional favorite retold. It's fun. I don't think that Browne does a good job. The way that the story is told is supposedly from both sides. Well, it only has pictures of little Goldilocks so we don't really know anything about her other than that she likes balloons and for some reason after being lost broke into someone's house and ate their food, broke a chair, and took a nap. I think I'm supposed to feel sorry for her. There are indications that could be taken really far, but the book doesn't really give a way to open the subject with our small children to whom we are reading the book.

So, I guess next I'll have to go with the rabid feminist title. When a "modern" version comes across with 1950s stereotypes I guess I am not sure what to do. Mama, why is the mama bear cleaning and no one else? Why does the mama bear cook breakfast. Why does the Daddy Bear immediately jump to the conclusion that mama bear left the door open (although she jumps back at him...) Yes, mama bear theoretically works. So nice, she does the housework AND works a full time job. No wonder the house is so nice.

And so we can return to my final issue. There is really nothing about the bears. It's a story about nothing. Even the bears are perplexed at the end.
5.0 out of 5 stars read this book or eles... March 18 2014
By Ms. N's class - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I think Me and You is a good because Anthony Browne hides pictures in the story and one side is Goldie Locks side and one side is the bears side. The pictures are really fascinating. When you see a teacher please tell the teacher the teacher may want to share it to her class. If you like happy ending books you are in for a treat!
4.0 out of 5 stars neat March 31 2012
By Melissa Sack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a retelling of the classic story Goldilocks and the three bears. the twist on this tale is that it is told from Goldilocks point of view parallel to the original story. Goldilock's part of the story is told entirely in pictures. This will challenge the kids to really look at the pictures and try to figure out what is going on. If you like new takes on old stories this one is a must read!
5.0 out of 5 stars A Study in Juxtaposition Nov. 25 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In a double narrative, Me and You is a transformation of the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In wordless sepia toned illustrations, Browne depicts Goldilocks' origin story set in an inner city where she lives in a single-parent home and is raised by her mother. Feeling the want of Baby Bear's idyllic suburban life, this character has no voice of her own and no color in her existence. Having wandered out of her world and into his, Goldilocks roams through his home, sees how the other half live, and revels in the colorful idealized world. However when the homeowners return and express their disapproval, Goldilocks flees--escaping their world and returning to hers where she is greeted by the open arms of her mother. Browne's juxtaposition of sepia and color, voicelessness and voicing, and realism and idealism masterfully convey a little girl's struggle to accept her imperfect existence and find emotional peace. Such intense symbolism lends itself to a study of character development that explores the concepts of flat, round, dynamic, and static characters; antithesis; and juxtaposition. Moreover, Browne's parallel perspectives will make an excellent pairing for John Cheever's "The Opportunity."

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