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My Princess Boy

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My Princess Boy is a nonfiction picture book about acceptance. With words and illustrations even the youngest of children can understand, My Princess Boy tells the tale of 4-year-old boy who happily expresses his authentic self by happily dressing up in dresses, and enjoying traditional girl things such as jewelry and anything pink or sparkly. The book is from a mom's poin...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2010 by KD Talent LLC
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Monica!
Right. I appreciate the idea of this book, but the actual execution of it would have scared the shit out of me as a preschooler.

Why is everyone faceless?! Like something out of a bad sci-fi movie?!


What the hell is this??

I don’t understand!

If we’re supposed to be looking beyond what people wear and accepting them for who they are underneath, why are the characters portrayed as being nothing but what they wear?

I almost wonder if children, reading this book, would even be able to tell that Prince...more
Joanna
This is a very well-intentioned picture book about accepting gender difference in children.

The Princess Boy at the heart of the story is a little boy who likes to play dress up, wear a tiara, and twirl like a ballerina. The best thing about this book is how it treats this as a matter of fact part of life, and the way the other characters accept the Princess Boy on his own terms. Maybe that is more than enough to reasonably ask a picture to accomplish on behalf of tolerance in the world, but I s...more
Melody
I picked this up because I was reminded of my own son's predilection for sparkly nail polish and glittery garments at around age 2 or 3.

This is a sweet book, but somewhat heavy-handed. It would have been so much better with illustrations of people with faces. It was hard to visualize the princess boy as a boy when he was presented as a faceless person dressed in what I reflexively think of as "girl" clothes- and while I'm sufficiently aware of certain of my prejudices to recognize this, I wonder...more
C

I love this book - it's a love letter from Mother to Son celebrating individuality and strength of spirit and sympathizing with the heartbreak of ridicule and label of "different." I found it at the library and it really touched me. I started putting it face-out on the bookshelves and was impressed to see it disappear more than a couple times.

We had a family come in, and the little boy wanted princess stories - he loved princess stories and Dora and Angelina Ballerina. I so loved that his Mother...more
Cheryl in CC NV
It never occurred to me that some drag queens start young. I'm not sure how thrilled I am with the execution of this wonderful idea - but, because it's actually *true,* it's very effective.
Daniele
The author leads us on a fanciful walk through several aspects of her princess boy's life. He likes things traditionally regarded as being feminine: dresses, the color pink, and dressing up as a princess. While his family is supportive of him, the book details how others have been intolerant. The book ends with a challenge to the reader, of the "what would you do" type.

The tension in this book, will slightly explicit, is more between the reader and the topic than within the storyline. For reader...more
Sophia Martin
This non-fiction children's book is about a young boy who likes to dress in dresses and likes "girly" things. Cheryl Kilodavis, the author, writes this story based on first hand knowledge. She wrote the story about her young son. She chose to write this book to increase awareness and promote acceptance of young princess boys everywhere. Suzanne DeSimone's pictures are simple and go great with the text. It is good that she did not put an actual face to the Princess Boy; it shows that he can repre...more
Jennifer Pym
I have a few issues with this book. The faceless characters are creepy, the art isn't very inviting and its really more about cross dressing than true gender identity.

Not that there isn't a need for books that challenge traditional gender roles, but what does this book add? Ferdinand, Goblinheart, The Paperbag Princess, and Oliver Button is a Sissy are great for that and then some.

Still, there are so few books that counter the negative messages about gender roles and it does do that.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
After taking an intensive week-long class on gender, I really found the message of the text of this book to be interesting and importantly meaningful, permitting boys to explore crossing gender role boundaries that do not particularly benefit society. The male gender pronouns mixed with female actions provoke reconsideration of the strict lines between genders. However, upon closer inspective, the illustrations seemed to provide a different view of gender. The faceless figure portrayed stays com...more
Rebecca
/My Princess Boy/ Cherly Kilodavis/ 2010

Genre: LGBTQ Picture Book

Format: Book

Summary: Dyson loves pink, sparkly things. Sometimes he wears dresses. Sometimes he wears jeans. He likes to wear his princess tiara, even when climbing trees. He's a Princess Boy.

Considerations and Precautions: This book deals with a parent's view of her young son who loves things that are traditionally "girls." It preaches tolerance and acceptance, and its intended audience is just as much the parent as the child.

Rev...more
Sam Bloom
Boy, I really wanted to like this book, and I will say that I found Kilodavis's text to be uniformly excellent. Sadly, I can't say the same for the illustrations. I can certainly understand why DeSimone would choose to make her characters faceless, as this book really deals with seeing beyond what's on the surface and accepting people for who they are. But the featureless face coupled with the strangely shaped head and claw-like hands makes the illustrations actually creepy, and I expect they'll...more
Amanda Fack
My Princess Boy is a picture book with a compassionate message. It is the story of a nameless, faceless boy who likes wearing dresses and all things princess. His mother tells us that people have both made fun of him and accepted him as the person he is. She then asks the audience to consider how they would interact with a Princess Boy, and asks us to consider her Princess Boy as our own Princess Boy. This is an emotionally onerous picture book, but perfect for sparking discussions about gender...more
Alexandria Stephens
Cheryl Kilodavis created this nonfiction story about her son that describes a young boy who loves all things princess. He loves pink, and his tutu, wearing dresses and tiaras and things most people would say are primarily for young girls. The author provided this children's book out of personal experiences which makes it real and touching. Cheryl Kilodavis and her husband allow their son to be who he is and explore his interests but she talks about how other people laugh and do other hurtful thi...more
Kim
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 m...more
Heather
A really great book on tolerance/acceptance of others who are different. It's a good book to open up lines of discussions with children. Though, the illustrations weren't to my liking. I'm really glad Kilodavis shares her and her son's story.
Randie
A mom shares what life is like with her princess boy...a boy who enjoys pink and dresses. Others laugh at him but his family accepts and loves him. The books asks readers how they would react to a princess boy, promoting acceptance.
Audrey
I don't know if there's a way to write this kind of book without being heavy-handed or didactic but I kind of hope there is, and that someone else will give it a shot.
Krista Lord
I had high hopes for this book, but ultimately the execution left me a bit disappointed.

I would like to see a children's book with male characters dressing in stereotypically "girly" attire, where it isn't made out to be a big deal, or something that might be made fun of. As the mother of a boy who chooses to wear clothes and shoes that are pink, nail polish, jewelry, and hair accessories at times, I want a book to read to him where he can see this happening without it being presented as someth...more
Gina
Apr 08, 2014 Gina marked it as to-read
My Princess Boy tells about a four-year old male who occasionally dresses like a princess. He enjoys showing his authentic self through wearing jewelry, dresses, tiara's, and wearing the color pink. This book tells about acceptance no matter what a person chooses to dress like. This topic raises discussion in the classroom and it addresses the issue of gender stereotypes. For a literacy lesson, I would have students to engage in a creative writing activity geared to fostering individual identity...more
Dani Chakra
I love the idea of this book. A nonfiction children's story featuring a gender variant child? Yes, please! In retrospect though, the book itself is a bit of a letdown.
For one, and I know a lot of people have mentioned this in their reviews, all of the characters presented in this storybook are shown as faceless people. Not only is that a bit creepy for younger audiences (how would you react to a child without a face if you were in preschool or kindergarten??), but it may cause children to disen...more
Jessica Bingham
I have been meaning to write a review of this book for a while and some how it kept slipping my mind, until today when it was checked back in and I needed to erase a lot of pencil marks from it. (Oh, the joys of being a librarian.)

This is such a wonderful, excellent, up-lifting story. I feel like it is a book that everyone should read. "My Princess Boy" is about a little boy who likes to dress up like a princess. He enjoys wearing jewelry, his favorite color is pink, and he loves his tiara. Thi...more
E
This book is quite obviously less of a story and more of a tool for parents, teachers and other role models to use for lessons on tolerance. Didactic books such as these are absolutely necessary for children, but should be complemented by truly literary stories that manage to simultaneously entertain and enlighten. I've yet to find any about boys embracing femininity besides "The Boy in the Dress," which is a chapter book, and "10,000 Dresses," which focuses on the topic of transitioning.

While t...more
Michelle-ann Mcpherson
he male gender pronouns mixed with female actions provoke reconsideration of the strict lines between genders. However, upon closer inspective, the illustrations seemed to provide a different view of gender.The best thing about this book is how it treats this as a matter of fact part of life, and the way the other characters accept the Princess Boy on his own terms. Maybe that is more than enough to reasonably ask a picture to accomplish on behalf of tolerance in the world. I have student who wi...more
Rebecca Saxon
A very sweet book about a boy who loves to dress up as a princess. This book has lovely intentions (explaining that it's alright for a boy to want to be a princess and wear dresses) but is overly didactic and a bit awkwardly written. Nonetheless, it's an important message and important to have in libraries and at schools.
Tiffany
I appreciate what this book sets out to do. My son used to love playing with "girl" toys and dressing up and twirling. Even now he still enjoys some more "girly" toys and shows. When we had to select an informational book to share with the class, I chose this one because although it's a non-fiction, it reads like a narrative. It's a great way to promote awareness among youngsters (and oldies) that people express themselves differently.

One thing I really didn't like about the book is the faceles...more
Ms T
I fully support the message of this book - all children should be allowed to express themselves authentically - but I felt the illustrations and writing could have been a lot stronger.
Sarah
The message is a good one, but this book is poorly written. Instead of saying, "Everyone's different, and that's okay," the message seems to be, "ACCEPT THIS OR YOU'RE HORRIBLE."
Callie Rose Tyler
This book was sweet with a message that you can and should love everyone even if they seem strange or different. I love that it is from the perspective of the the 'Princess Boy's' mother, it warmed my heart.

Also, the illustrations would have been great if not for one very big issue. I did not like that none of the characters had any faces, it felt like an episode of the Twilight Zone. I'm sure the reasoning behind it was super artsy and all that but I found it distracting and disturbing.

The fact...more
Karen
This is an interesting story written by a mom whose son is not like other boys. He likes to play dress up and play with dolls. It doesn’t matter because his family cares about him no matter what. The narrator explains how unique her son is and even though he is different, the family still loves him.
Although this book does not have interactions between children, it shows children that it is still important to accept your friends even if they are different than you. For this activity, students ca...more
Margot
This children's picture book addresses issues of gender identity and acceptance and stem's from Kilodavis's own journey to acceptance of her young son's love of dresses and pretty princess things. Watch this video for more on Kilodavis's and her son Dyson's amazing story.

I thought the message of acceptance and tolerance in this book was eloquently stated. The illustrations were nice (although the faceless people were a little creepy). This is definitely a must-read for every young child.
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