Me and You
Written by Anthony Browne
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Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2011
Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne gives a thought provoking new take on the traditional story of Goldilocks. Here, Goldilocks, who lives on a dark and dreary estate portrayed all in greys in Browne’s urban landscape breaks into the idealised, sunlit ‘family’ home of the three bears. As is traditional, Goldilocks eats the porridge, breaks the chair and sleeps in the baby bear’s bed before being discovered and running off home. But, who really has the happier way of life? Anthony Browne leaves readers lots to think about.
Me and You by Anthony Browne
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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Review of ‘Me and You’ by Books for Keeps [5 stars]
Reminiscent of John Burningham’s 1977 Come away from the water, Shirley in which the world inhabited by her cautious and unimaginative parents in their deckchairs on the beach contrasts with the adventurous world of their daughter, Shirley (who battles with pirates), Anthony Browne’s Me and You is dedicated: ‘For all the underdogs’. As ever in Browne-land, the polemic is visually conveyed and his narrative is all the more moving for its subtle understatement.
A riff on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Me and You is narrated in the first person by little boy bear on the recto page. Mummy and Daddy Bear pay no attention to their son and their own relationship seems to be a distant one. Meanwhile on the verso page and in a sepia palette, Goldilocks’s story is narrated in a sequence of action frames as, lost, she samples the bears’ porridge, chairs and beds. At the end she is reunited with her mother in a passionate hug that is full of warmth. Can a bear be an underdog? In this poignant story he is.
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