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You're Mean, Lily Jean

You're Mean, Lily Jean

by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

ISBN 9781443107884 Paperback
ISBN 9780545994996 Hardcover
32 Pages | 8.04" x 10.01" | Ages 3 to 7

A picture book that addresses the problem of bossy friends and the struggle to stand up to them - now in paperback.

Sisters Sandy and Carly always play together, but when Lily Jean moves in next door and joins them, everything changes. Now Lily Jean is calling the shots, ordering Carly to be a baby when they play house and a dog when they play king and queen. Can Carly find a way to combat Lily Jean's bullying ways and turn the tables on her bad behaviour?

Frieda Wishinsky's simple text authentically portrays the world of little girls and their complicated relationships, while Kady MacDonald Denton's illustrations subtly emphasize the lessons about empathy, loyalty, and fairness.

Praise for You're Mean, Lily Jean:

Finalist, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
Honour Book, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award
Shortlist, Shining Willow Award
Shortlist, OLA Blue Spruce Award
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
Toronto Public Library "First and Best" Booklist
Resource Links, Best of the Year

"The world of make-believe can be all-consuming for young people, and this book does a stellar job of exploring this theme without making the squabbles that arise feel petty, inconsequential, or worse, explicitly educational." -Quill & Quire, starred review


  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2010
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2010
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2010
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2010
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best Booklist, 2009

Rights Sold

  • Arabic - Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin
  • English (Australia) - Scholastic Australia
  • English (Korea) - Woongjin
  • English (NZ) - Scholastic New Zealand
  • English (US) - Albert Whitman
  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • Well-known, award-winning author and illustrator who have had many books published internationally
  • Character education highlights: sibling solidarity and etiquette for playtime
  • Gentle message conveyed by appealing illustrations and universal story


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Contact Information

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