I loved this book for the message of consequences of words against children. Often, children are denied things they love due to other people's perceptions of what is acceptable and what is not. However, this parent likes to discuss with her child that she supports him, no matter what he chooses to wear or how he expresses himself.
Some did find issue with the lack of "face" to the characters. However, I feel like this was a risky, but intentionally done affect. As we are separated from the character without a face, we cannot fully immerse ourselves in that individual's experience so must experience it from the outside and recognize what our narrator asks of us to consider. The questions at the end, especially, about "what will you do next time? will it be different?" really seem to show the effect of this outward experience, rather than seeing the Princess Boy's internal thoughts.
I give the book 4 stars for trying to bring acceptance for "princess boys" -- boys who love to sparkle, play dress up, and imagine a creative world where they could be accepted for themselves. If the illustrations were better, I would give 5 stars. My child loved the concept and could identify with it, but the illustrations of people without faces were unfortunately my child's biggest concern.
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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