A new picture book that addresses the problem of bossy friends and the struggle to stand up to them.
Sisters Sandy and Carly always play together, but when Lily Jean moves in next door and joins them, everything changes. Now Lily Jean is calling the shots and ordering Carly to be a baby when they play house and a dog when they play king and queen. Although Sandy defends her littler sister, Carly buckles and accepts her roles. But she doesn't like it, and finally finds a way to combat Lily Jean's bullying ways, and turn the tables on her behaviour.
Frieda Wishinsky's simple text packs a poignant punch, as it authentically portrays the world of little girls and their complicated relationships. And Kady MacDonald Denton's exquisite illustrations help emphasize the underlying lessons about empathy, loyalty, and fairness. This fantastic story will serve as a tool for young children and parents to identify the difference between having fun and being bullied - or being the bully.
FRIEDA WISHINSKY is one of Canada's finest authors of fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her recent picture book, Please Louise!, won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and her recent non-fiction title, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, published by Scholastic, was a Silver Birch Award Nominee.
Praise for You're Mean, Lily Jean:
"The world of make-believe can be all-consuming for young people, and this book does a stellar job of exploring this theme without making the squabbles that arise feel petty, inconsequential, or worse, explicitly educational. Lily Jean is mean, but deliciously so." -Quill and Quire, starred review