Gudeon’s picture-book debut is high on style and charm as it introduces Me and Meow, a little girl and her cat, in a beginning-reader–friendly tale.
Childlike, boldly colored illustrations follow the characters through their daily routine. Minimal backgrounds include just a few items rendered in naïve style: A cheery sun establishes the initial morning setting; a window with the sunrise outside indicates an interior breakfast scene; then a house and tree show that they are playing outside. This echoes the text’s control and repetition, inviting new readers to decode the story with support from pictorial cues. Me and Meow engage in “Stump jumping. / Leaf leaping. / Slip sliding. / Hide hiding,” and then the sneaky kitty stays hidden and Me goes off to find it. In her haste, she has a tricycle accident, and a brilliant use of facing pages has her saying “I will find my Me… / …ow!” across the gutter; the “ow!” illustration depicts the tearful little girl, her trike upside down beside her. Meow emerges to comfort her, and the two carry on with their day of play until it’s time for “Dream Dreaming. / Night night, Me. / Night night, Meow.”More, Me and Meow. More. (Picture book/early reader. 2-6)