The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Me and My Sister
Publisher: Scallywag Press
A delightful insight into sibling life is delivered through appealing animal characters in this simple and effective picture book.
The narrator explains that he and his sister enjoy lots of different activities, but many of the same things too. He introduces us to their lives at home and at school, together and apart. Offering a suitably balanced picture, we also see both the high’s and low’s – even the squabbling and occasional sense of injustice, inevitable in any sibling dynamic. And reassuringly, we see that, ultimately, the relationship is one of mutual love.
The book is based on Robbins’ own experience of life with an autistic sibling. However, while certain aspects such as the meltdown at a bus stop or the disliking of hugs may perhaps ring particularly true within some families, there is no direct reference to autism in the text itself, allowing young readers to draw their own conclusions and relate the book to their own unique experiences.
It offers any child an important reminder that there are always positive and negative aspects to a sibling relationship, any family structure, and indeed any friendship. An enchanting book reminding us that every child is different.