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I Do Not Like Stories


I love this book because my words tell one story and Carey’s illustrations tell another.

We live by the stories we tell ourselves…

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Illustrated by Carey Sookocheff

Owlkids Books, 2020

ISBN 9781771473781


This is the story of a boy who is sure of one thing: he does NOT like stories. Not stories about waking up in the morning, or people in space, or fish in the sea, or planes, or trains, or boring old buildings.

We see the boy’s experiences play out over the course of his day. The one thing this contrarian boy loves is his cat—whose day is depicted through graphic panels in a funny, parallel side narrative. The cheerful cat searches for the boy all day, chasing anything yellow, the colour of the boy’s bright backpack, and causing mess and mayhem throughout the city. In the end, the boy concedes he might like a story—if it’s the right one (do you know any stories about a cat?).

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