Governor General Award–winner Geneviève Côté’s endearing new picture book Without You begins with a falling out between two good friends, a bunny and a pig: “You’re so careless!” accuses the rabbit; “You fuss over any little mess!” declares the pig. So each goes off to play alone, relishing for a time the freedom gained. It soon becomes apparent, however, that their painting, playing music, reading, and dressing- up lack the pleasure brought by companionship: “[M]y cookies taste better when I share them with you!” con- fesses Pig;“A wagon can be an air- plane when I’m with you,” muses the bunny. Rendered in soft pastel watercolours and simple pencil lines, Côté’s tale of reunion emphasizes the bonds of friendship over petty differences.
Andrea Belcham is the author of the forthcoming Food and Fellowship: Pro- jects and Recipes to Feed a Community (The Alternate Press/Life Media).