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Me and You [Hardcover]

Anthony Browne
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26 Oct 2010

Three bears decide to go out for a walk in the park while their porridge cools. Meanwhile a little girl has lost her mum and lost her way and is walking the streets alone, until she happens upon a house...

The bears arrive home and discover several things are amiss... What will they find upstairs?

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (26 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374349088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374349080
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 23.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

More About the Author

Anthony has won many prizes for his work, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000, for his services to children's literature - the first British illustrator to win the prize since 1956. He is the present Children's Laureate.

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"The merging of the fairytale/streetscape ending is a masterstroke" (Irish examiner 2010-05-22)

"Anthony Browne has an extraordinary knack of turning a story into so much more...Once again, the author extends the boundaries of the picture book with this rich and thought-provoking story." (Anne Faundez Carousel 2010-06-01)

"Goldilocks may be familiar, but Anthony Browne, the children's laureate, has made the story new in Me and You adding rich interpretation in text and pictures." (The Sunday Times 2010-06-23)

"It's the Goldilocks tale from a fresh perspective, but the more you dig, the more Me and You will reveal. It's an utterly gorgeous picture book that works on so so so many levels." (The Bookbag 2010-05-12)

"A thought provoking new take on the traditional story of Goldilocks...Anthony Browne leaves readers lots to think about." (Julia Eccleshare 2010-05-23) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A stunningly illustrated picture book looking at both sides of the classic fairytale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A twist on the story of Goldilocks 1 Feb 2011
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Mummy Bear made porridge for breakfast but it was too hot to eat, so the three bears went for a walk in the park. On the facing pages, another story is told in gentle sepia illustrations - I will leave you to guess the parallel story and its conclusion! But whatever you do, don't miss the detail in the pictures - for example, who is climbing out of the chimney? Anthony Browne is just outstanding and I was thrilled to review a new book by him - I have loved his books since reading them with my own children, and they would go back to them over and over again, finding new twists in the pictures every time. A thoughtful interpretation and another winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOLDEN: Goldilocks Retold 6 Dec 2011
Anthony Browne's retelling of Goldilocks is a real treat. On one side of the book, Goldilocks' story is told solely by pictures and without the aid of colour, on the other side of the book is the story from the perspective of the three bears. Here there are words and colour, making a lovely contrast to the other side of the story.

As with all Anthony Browne books, the illustrations are fantastic with many hidden details which my daughter (2) seems to notice almost at once, but which I have to go hunting for!
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By Celia B
Like all of Anthony Browne's work, the illustrations are fantastic with a touch of surrealism. Look for "secrets" in each picture to find the meaning of the story.

We are all familiar with the story of The three bears but Mr Browne manages to bring some personality in each character in this particular version. Instead of taking the well known story for granted, we explore a little bit about Goldilocks' home life, how she came about the three bears' house and what became of her when she fled. The story is told from the first person narrative where Baby bear is the narrator.

A very simple but thought provoking retelling of a traditional story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars modernised perennial 9 Aug 2013
By annimac
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great sense of suspense and turnover, even if I thought I knew the ending!! (Well I did really). It's all the subtle bits like mummy bear being sent up the stairs first to investigate...brave mummy bear...
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5.0 out of 5 stars read this book or eles... 18 Mar 2014
By Ms. N's class - Published on
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 1 April 2012
By Melissa Sack - Published on
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 25 Nov 2011
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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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