YOU GO FIRST, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2023).
Cat and Duck are very good friends and play together all the time, so when the new slide gets built, they can’t wait to try it out! Only, the slide is very big and curvy—what if it’s too big for Cat? As Cat and Duck move closer to the front of the line, Cat imagines everything that could go wrong until his worries start to rub off on Duck. Now Duck doesn’t want to go down the slide either. Cat feels bad that Duck is missing out on the fun because of him. Can he find a way to make it right?
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Praise for YOU GO FIRST:
★ "Both extremely funny and spot-on sensitive.." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"In a second match-up from collaborators Bernstein and Rosenthal (We Love Fishing!), character-forward playground vignettes, rendered in sturdy pencil outlines and cheery digital color, are comically in sync with the interplay and mood of the deadpan, emotionally astute narration and dialogue." --Publisher's Weekly
"This picture book has all the hallmarks of a beginning reader - limited vocabulary, short sentences, strong visual support of plot, lots of sight words, and ample word repetition - and it can serve just as well for new readers as it can for story times. Rosenthal's paste-hued, cartoon-style illustrations add warmth, humor, and nuance.... this book adds something fresh to the shelf." --Adrienne I. Pettinelli, The Horn Book
- You Go First is a Junior Library Guild Selection for Spring 2023!