International Rights

You’re Mean, Lily Jean

  • ISBN 9781443107884, Paperback
  • ISBN 9780545994996, Hardcover
  • 32 Pages | 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.

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


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

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