Just Like Brothers


Deals with complex themes of difference, inclusion, and acceptance in a simple way” --Kirkus Reviews


Just Like Brothers picture book cover

Just Like Brothers

A heartwarming fable for our time! A small boy and a young wolf cub are told to fear each other — only to find that they have more in common than their mothers ever dreamed. This simple but profound story makes it easy to start conversations about prejudice, empathy and trust.

AGES 3 – 7  |  32PP  |  8.5 x 10.75 IN
HARDCOVER | 9781782853459 | $16.99 USD
PAPERBACK | 9781782853466 | $8.99 USD




A heartwarming modern fable


What makes this book special



The boy and the wolf cub demonstrate that curiosity conquers fear and that children are born without prejudice; a simple story to start conversations about complex topics like discrimination and acceptance.


Depicts the special relationship between a mother and her son and how wisdom and strength is shared across generations.


Unforgettable poetic text by author Elizabeth Baguley with vivid lyrical language like "moon-mind and shut-ear"; "tree-thick and thorn-twisty." Gorgeous hand-painted artwork from acclaimed German-French illustrator Aurélie Blanz is full of atmosphere and magical realism.


What people are saying

   "An enchanting tale of friendship and harmony. . . expressive and lyrical. . ."
Foreword Reviews, starred review

"Baguley’s fanciful language is anything but predictable. . . After fearing the worst, the mothers, witness to the friendship of their offspring, come to an understanding of their own. The discovery that strangers can grow to trust each other is a message that's always worth repeating"
Publishers Weekly 

"Baguley and Blanz deal with complex themes of difference, inclusion, and acceptance in a simple way. . . soothing and earthy"
Kirkus Reviews

". . . the lesson here is not believing everything you hear, for making up your own mind and not allowing yourself to be too influenced by others while still being cautious. The illustrations, beautifully large, colorful and mostly two–page spreads, create a lovely story of friendship"
Youth Services Book Review


"Compassion rules in this big-hearted book. Accompanied by soft artwork and rhythmic prose, this is a great book to share during storytime."
—Andrienne Cruz, MLIS, librarian, Azusa City Library


"Charmingly illustrated by the impressive artwork of Aurélie Blanz, this charming picture book story by Elizabeth Baguley will have special and enduring appeal for children ages 4 to 8 and is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections."
Midwest Book Review


"Simple, elegant and powerful...An exciting story told with intelligence, gentleness and great sophistication."
—School Library Association


About the author and illustrator


Elizabeth Baguley author photo


Elizabeth Baguley grew up in Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands of England, and her earliest memories are of listening to stories on her mother's knee. Today she is an author, educator and proud mother to two grown daughters.

Aurelie Blanz illustrator photo


Aurélie Blanz has enjoyed drawing and painting since she was a child growing up in Germany. She was especially excited to illustrate Just Like Brothers, because she hopes it will help young readers overcome a fear of the unknown. Today Aurélie lives in Paris with her husband and three children.

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