Sep 22, 2012

Without You

Without You (CAN, JP, US, INT)

Written and Illustrated by: Geneviève Côté

Published by: Kids Can Press

Published: February 2012

Ages: 3+

This is the next picture book nominee for the 2012 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards. See the others here.

The adorable Rabbit and Pig from 2009's Me and You are back in a brand-new adventure. In the first book these two forged a lasting friendship.

Now, however, Rabbit and Pig are on the outs. They have found that they like to do some things on their own. Does this spell the end of a beautiful friendship?

Fortunately, no! Rabbit and Pig are able to bond over an activity that they love to do together, reading books.

Côté’s ability to capture the true nature of children's friendships is what stood out in Me and You and this has carried over to this book as well. It works equally well for siblings too! Her illustrations are adorable and very appealing to kids.

The best thing is the easy vocabulary and rhythm makes this a great book for a new reader to puzzle out. How could anyone resist these two friends?

This is the fourteenth book I have reviewed for the Sixth Canadian Book Challenge.


  1. This book (and its predecessor) sound like good books to have when I finally get around to adding a second child to our family. I'll have to put them on that ever-growing list of books I want to buy, which, by the way, could now be worn as a Miss Universe sash.

    Also, I finally got my copy of 'Sora and The Cloud' and it is so cute! Xander loves to climb all over things (and people, just like Sora) and I know he'll dream of climbing onto a cloud when he starts climbing trees too. I thought I'd let you know how great it is since you recommended it to me.

    1. Definitely good for siblings, unless you get the one (two?) in a million that don't squabble!

      My to-buy list keeps growing too. This is a dangerous habit. :)

      I am so glad that you like Sora too! It's one of my favourite books ever, and it's so nice to share that.


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