Play With Me!

Title: Play With Me
Author:  Michelle Lee
Illustrator: Michelle Lee
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
Genre/Format: Picture Book
Ages: 3-5


Pip likes to play.  Actually, he LOVES to play. Especially with his best friend, Nico. Pip has lots of ideas: they can play ball, play hopscotch, play explorers – the possibilities are endless. Nico likes to play too – his cello, that is. 

Nico’s more interested in his cello than in Pip’s other games.  if Pip could only get Nico to just…pay…ATTENTION! Pip is in the middle of a hilarious meltdown by the time Nico finally looks up from his instrument.  And that’s when he realizes Pip is right about something – he comes up with the perfect way for them to play together.

Pip and Nico are full of expression and energy, and the dynamic between them is fresh and recognizable at the same time.  Budding performers might also relate to Nico-who has much fun playing his cello that no other kinds of playing can compare!

About the Author/Illustrator: Michelle Lee
Debut illustrator Michelle lee never needs persuading to play hide-and-seek or climb trees. Inspiration for this story came from her nephew, whose endless persistence to get everyone nearby to play with him never failed. Michelle studied biology and printmaking at the University of California, Berkeley and has a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Along with illustration, she designs children’s clothing.  Michelle currently lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at

My Thoughts:
Play With Me! is filled with beautiful illustrations that is sure to delight readers of all ages.  The adorable characters, Pip and Nico are the best of friends. However, when it comes time to play, they both have different thoughts.  While Pip wants to play games, Nico really wants to play his cello.  Luckily the two friends were able to find a common ground and in the end had an awesome play time!   

This book had my boys laughing the entire time, and the illustrations are the best!

Play With Me! can be found at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.


Samantha has been blogging for over 8 years and is a wife and homeschool mom of 4 from North Carolina.

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