cover image When I’m with You

When I’m with You

Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Eliza Wheeler. Little, Brown, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-316-42915-3

The previous cocreators celebrate friendship in all its forms with this affectionate greeting card–style paean. Companions of varying ability, body shape, skin tone, and species feature in spreads that loosely represent Miller’s tender rhymes (“You’ll be the key to my lock./ The right shoe for my sock”). Wheeler’s absorbing multimedia artwork has an enchanted quality; characters ride insects, float in outer space, and serve treats in a rosy candy land. In one scene, the friends—outfitted in diving gear and mermaid fins—swim among jellyfish and seahorses in a fish tank (“You’re the soap that scrubs my dish./ You’re the flakes that feed my fish”). Suggesting that neither storms, mistakes, distance, nor age can come between besties, this reiterative tribute extols long-term fellowship. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)