Like Cats and Dogs Second Story Press
Translated by Chantal Bilodeau
Illustrated by Marion Arbona
Like Cats and Dogs
Second Story Press
Suspended in Arbona’s muted palette of red, pink, black, and white, Rosalie is determined to see the best in her parents, even if they cannot. Their arguments are taking a toll, and she desperately wants them to focus on their mutual love for her. She takes some comfort in their shared love – unbeknownst to them – of a special song.
For parents as conflictual as Rosalie’s, it will take some courage to read this book aloud. However, it is certain that it could inspire families to establish healthy boundaries and avoid overt conflict in co-parenting relationships. This would be a useful resource for family therapists and guidance counsellors. Even those families who experience the very normal occasional argument can learn from Rosalie’s credo: “I don’t care who is right and who is wrong. I just want to be free to love them both, and to love them loudly, all the time.”mRb