Hmmmm. I like the concept of the book for sure. Yes, we should love our children for who they are, even if we don't always understand the things they like. I agree with many other reviewers that the illustrations were not right for this book. The faceless characters take the immediacy and intimacy out of the story, and without a face Dyson could be a little girl with short hair. I feel like the facelessness takes away part of his identity. Also, it's a little creepy...and I think kids would be more curious about why no one has a face and less curious about why this boy wears girl's clothes. I don't know. The book was okay, but I don't think it's fantastic enough to be my first choice when referring to this subject matter.
Also, having known a princess boy (this book could have been about him; it was eerie) I know that not all families are loving and supportive and accepting of their little boys stepping outside of firmly defined gender roles. Even families that want to be supportive may struggle immensely and be uncomfortable with their child's nonconformity. I would have liked to see some notes for parents in the back of this book, tips or reflections from the author about how she and her husband have embraced their son's love of all things "girly". The book doesn't feel complete without this
Although this title is part of a LGBT list, it's about moving past prejudices, pre-conceptions, catergorizing in how a boy acts and dresses. Perhaps a bit like the book and song William Wants a Doll, which is no longer in EPL but I think is the 1972 copy recorded on Amazon.
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