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I'm Sticking with You

Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and illustrated by Steve Small
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Goodreads Rating - 3.9 / 5.0
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“The charming text and great illustrations help compensate for the imperfect theme.”

Bear and squirrel are shown seesawing, canoeing, having tea, and taking a taxicab to an igloo, with squirrel in the lead as bear lovingly follows. However, the igloo is a little too crowded for squirrel, who hesitantly says so and asks for a little alone time, to which bear, though surprised, agrees and heads home. After some appreciated time alone, squirrel realizes how much he misses bear and takes off after him, telling bear they’re “joined at the heart.” Small’s praiseworthy, modern illustrations excellently use white space and exude character while adding interest, humor, and additional storyline to Prasadam-Halls’ charming text—notice the first seesaw incident compared with the latter, the chipped teacup, and the cute frog and bugs. The juxtaposition of bear and squirrel’s different sizes and the switch of narration adds to the book’s aspect of push and pull, but the transition of the story’s themes feels slightly amiss among the combined text and illustrations. While the text begins and ends with a theme of love, interrupted in the middle by the need for a little alone time (which would have improved the storyline if it had been portrayed as a positive moment), the illustrations show an unbalanced affection until squirrel gets tired of being alone and appreciates being close to bear. While not exceptional, the book makes for a fun read with sweet text and delightful illustrations.

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From Smriti Prasadam-Halls, the internationally bestselling author of I Love You Night and Day comes the charming picture book I’m Sticking with You, a sweet celebration of friendship.

Bear and Squirrel are best friends. Wherever Squirrel goes, Bear follows. Bear vows to stick with Squirrel whether he’s grumpy, or silly, or mad―which is put to the test when Bear sinks Squirrel’s canoe. And catapults him from the seesaw. And breaks his favorite mug.

Finally, Squirrel has had enough. He tells Bear he needs his space―only to realize he has much more fun with his best friend around. Funny and poignant in equal measure, I’m Sticking with You shows that friendship always finds a way.

What Kind of Book is I'm Sticking with You


Quotes from This Book

  • "Whatever you're thinking, I am *all ears*. I'm ready to listen to *all* your ideas."
  • "Like peas in a pod, you and I fit. Like strawberries and cream, we are a hit."

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Smriti Prasadam-Halls's Book Dedication

For Gabriel—who is brilliant in every way, and whom I love unbearably much

Steve Small's Book Dedication

This book is dedicated to chipped teacups everywhere

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Book Details

Publication Date:
May 5, 2020
Illustration Details:
The artist drew and painted everything by hand in pencils and watercolor on paper and composed in Photoshop to create the illustrations in this book.

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