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You and Me Both

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Cinar, Lisa
By (author): Narsimhan, Mahtab
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
  JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Owlkids Books
Published: April 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 24
Size: 9.75in x 9.75in x 0.36in
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$ 18.95
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From The Publisher*This is the story of two classmates who love all the same things: building tall block towers and knocking them down; strawberry jam on toast; jumping into big puddles in their matching boots. The narrator and his best friend, Jamal, might as well be twins-they have so much in common! And they always stick together.

When Jamal gets a haircut, his best friend gets his cut the same way. They're sure their teacher will never be able to tell them apart. The vibrant, playful illustrations eventually reveal that the boys each have a different skin color.

Inspired by a true story that went viral on social media, about two boys with different skin colors who got the same haircut thinking it would make them identical, this is a joyful story about friendship, diversity, and how the things we share are more than skin-deep.
From The Publisher*The story of two boys with more in common than meets the eye
Review Quote*"The unnamed first-person narrator loves best friend Jamal, and Jamal loves the narrator, too. What is clear is that the pals like the same things, and they adore each other."
Review Quote*"[Illustrations] hint at the ever-changing, ever-lively nature of childhood friendships by continually shifting the duo's skin colors... As the title subtly suggests, the ideal "twin" doesn't have to be carbon copy-just thoroughly simpatico."
Review Quote*"A classic tale of best friends right up until the end."
Biographical NoteMAHTAB NARSIMHAN is an award-winning author with numerous critically acclaimed books nominated for several awards, including The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Fiction Award in 2009. She is inspired by life, love, and the desire to make sense of the world through stories. Mahtab is deeply committed to representing diversity in her books. You can find out more at

LISA CINAR is an illustrator and owner of the online shop Draw Me a Lion. She has written and illustrated several picture books in addition to the Clara Humble series. Lisa lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.