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The Boy Who Cried Fabulous

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  179 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Roger is a boy who simply can't stop smelling the roses. Can you blame him? Through his eyes the world is a wonder not to be rushed by. But his parents have an entirely different view, and they expect Roger to see things the way they do. Paired with vibrant illustrations, this cheerful tale will have children rejoicing along with Roger at all the fabulous things that await ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 15th 2004 by Tricycle Press (first published March 2004)
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Hannah Givens
Jun 07, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, lgbt
I adore Roger's enthusiasm... and his vocabulary. :D It's also a very gentle allegory for being a queer kid, and I like that too.
Jessica Haight
Dec 21, 2012 Jessica Haight rated it it was amazing
This is a book that is truly close to my heart. This story takes you on a colorful journey through the everyday world. The main character, Roger, points out all of the marvelous things that we pass by each day and perhaps are too busy to notice. Roger likes to have fun, and, though he has somewhat of a tardy presence, he enjoys life and stops to, as they say, "smell the roses". Sometimes we get so caught up in what's running through our heads that we miss out on all of the spectacular things in ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq-under10
Subtle LGBTQ themes, not readily apparent to others even after being explained. But I totally read it into this. It was very nice.
Feb 22, 2017 Nadine rated it really liked it
#vocabulary #emotions - nice retro illustrations about an exuberant boy and adults attempts to reign him in.
Mar 01, 2015 Jessie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I thought it was amazing. It bothered me how his parents tried to control his behaviour so much so that they banned him from using the word fabulous. I do not understand the problem with the word fabulous, if your kid is happy enough to say that everything in their world is fabulous then who are you to stop them? It is cute because it makes him come up with words that are different to use instead of the word fabulous, the premise of control behind it is what bothers me though. ...more
May 05, 2015 Sean rated it it was amazing
Kevin Farrell wrote this nice review at

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous at

Lesléa Newman‘s book, The Boy Who Cried Fabulous has us crying out “why didn’t we think of this first?” today. The synopsis reads:

“Roger is a boy who simply can’t stop smelling the roses. Can you blame him? Through his eyes the world is a wonder not to be rushed by. But his parents have an entirely different view, and they expect Roger to see things the way they do. Paired with vi
Sep 16, 2011 Ann rated it liked it
A nice book that can be used in many different ways. I liked the story of finding joy and beauty in the world, and sharing that joy with the people around you. You could also use this as a lesson in acceptance of differences, and even as a way to teach about synonyms. Although I read this for class during a unit on gay/lesbian issues in youth literature, there is nothing explicitly related to homosexuality in the book, despite the fact that "fabulous" is quite a loaded word now. However, the boo ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Shelli rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I really enjoyed this book. I checked it out solely because of Peter Ferguson's notable illustration (from his work in one of my favorite children’s book series The Sisters Grimm), and was pleased with the humorous story as well. The main character, Roger, is a boy that seems to be equally A.D.H.D. and homosexual. He is easily, and often, distracted by all the fabulousness around him. This story would make a great read aloud, and I LOVED all the fantastic adjectives David incorporated into his d ...more
Dec 13, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. Roger has some trouble getting to and from school. He gets distracted by all the fabulous things he sees. This results in his being tardy to school and tardy arriving back home. His teachers are upset. His parents say no more. When Roger later goes out with his parents, he continues his earlier behavior, with a slight twist.

I read this book to my fifth graders, making them count the number of time Roger says fabulous. They enjoy the game as well as the poem itself. It makes for
Oct 25, 2012 Chanelle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emotions, lgbtq
The Boy Who Cried Fabulous is about a boy who loves the word fabulous and labels everything in his life as such. Unfortunately, every time he goes to and from school while using the word fabulous, it gets him into trouble because he’s always late. His parents become upset and notice that there’s something different about their son. They decide to ban the word fabulous and soon realize that nothing can keep him from his flamboyant ways. His parents love him and decide that being different is alri ...more
A fun rhyming story of young Roger, a boy who is thrilled with just about everything around him. However, marveling and the wondrousness of the world aften makes him late. Eventually his parents learn to appreciate their "fabulous" son!

This picture book is often touted as geared toward children in the LGBTQ community. I see where it could be useful but it absolutely should not be avoided for public storytime use. They rhythmic rhyming in this book is wonderful. And children will enjoy helping yo
I assumed this would be more explicitly gay in theme, or perhaps veiled but in a consistent way throughout. And having the parents say "now you go straight, straight to class" at the beginning certainly seemed to be holding that up. Instead I found myself disappointed to realize that it was some veiled references to gay identities but inconsistent ones.

So just don't read this hoping it'll be very gay and you'll probably be good (and perhaps even like it 4 or 5 stars worth.
Gabrielle Zastrow
Jan 14, 2014 Gabrielle Zastrow rated it liked it
This book is excellent for teaching kids to NOT use the same, old, boring word over and over and over again. In other words, word choice. It also helped us to know how authors can use the art of repetition TOO much in their writing because it will bore the reader. That was the reason why so many students gave points off, because of the overuse of repetition, but many of us thought the book was "FABULOUS!"
Sumayyah France
Mar 04, 2015 Sumayyah France rated it it was amazing
Newman writes about a little boy named Roger who enjoys taking time to observe the beauty of life and how fabulous things truly are. His parents on the other hand don’t believe that he should view life in the manner that he has been and he should see things the way that they do. He doesn’t want to stop seeing the world for the greatness that it is and he wants to continue to stop and smell the roses every chance he gets.
Jan 23, 2012 Camden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents, grandparents, happy people
Wonderful little children's book about loving the world and yourself. The message of the book is made quite clear through the actions of the fabulous boy, Roger; you can't pretend to be something you're not and you're much happier not doing so anyway. Great illustrations and rhymes (very good rhythm!)
Fun rhyming in the story. Upbeat and cheerful. And the boy reminds me of the roommate I had who loved the word fabulous. The message is great and perfect for the Book Time theme. Something about the pictures and their colors hurts my eyes. And it might seem a bit more for the younger audience. One to book talk or hold till then end if there is time for another.
Dec 06, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
I read this and laughed most of the time. My wife read it and couldn't help laughing. This boy was a little unusual and yet the book is great for adjective use. I can picture reading this just before a talk about overused words. Fabulous isn't exactly the most common overused word, but for this kid it was.
Lisa C
Mar 19, 2015 Lisa C rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Not as overtly LGBT as Newman's other titles, the strength of this book is that it's a tale of a boy who finds wonder and enjoyment in everything around him. In fact, only an adult expectation of any other themes can turn it into anything else. In short, it's a nice book about a boy who loves the world around him.
Kallie Krammes
Sep 10, 2015 Kallie Krammes rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
This is a really fun book. If a teacher wants to teach the kids how to write poetry this is a wonderful book to do that with. I would recommend this book also for the use of adjectives, there are some great adjectives in this book.
Nov 11, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
A must!!
Feb 25, 2010 dearlittledeer rated it it was ok
Two-and-a-half stars.
May 19, 2008 Sherie rated it really liked it
I loved the rhyming!
Jan 30, 2016 Garren rated it liked it
Catchy enthusiasm! Improved vocabulary towards the end.
Sep 18, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, lbgtq
Fabulous! A little boy who cannot be contained, eagerly exploring the fabulous world around him despite everyone's efforts to convince him to be restrained and demure.
Daniel Zielske
Mar 21, 2015 Daniel Zielske rated it really liked it
"The Boy Who Cried Fabulous" teaches us many lessons about observation, acceptance and creativity, not to mention it's fun to read and take in all the details in the illustrations.
Dec 16, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Oct 26, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it
Another great read. This book is full of fabulous words and catchy ryhmes. We enjoyed the story about Roger very much.
Apr 24, 2012 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
We had to buy this for my daughter, who also says FABULOUS!
Jul 15, 2011 Mckinley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
He has a good vocabulary.
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Lesléa Newman (born 1955, Brooklyn, NY) is the author of over 50 books including Heather Has Two Mommies, A Letter To Harvey Milk, Writing From The Heart, In Every Laugh a Tear, The Femme Mystique, Still Life with Buddy, Fat Chance and Out of the Closet and Nothing to Wear.
She has received many literary awards including Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Foundation and th
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