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My Princess Boy

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  656 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
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 (first published 2009)
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Jubilation Lee
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
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Joanna
Jan 17, 2011 Joanna rated it liked it
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
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Melody
Dec 16, 2011 Melody rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Bibiana Jurado
A mother tells a true story about her son who loves wearing dresses- her "Princess Boy". She talks about her family's unwavering love for him and that he has friends of all genders. However, some people are still hesitant to accept a little boy in a dress; the overall message of the book is the importance of acceptance for others and that it's okay to be yourself.

This biography of Cheryl Kilodavis' son successfully balances acceptance of her son's preferences with those who aren't so accepting;
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Valerie Lurquin
May 17, 2015 Valerie Lurquin rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
This is a simple story about a four year old boy named Dyson, who happens o be the authors son. He loves to dress up and dance around in sparkly pink clothing. This books shows the love and support of a family who loves him and shows him that it is ok to be himself; however, it also shows students how hurtful comments and negative actions may be to someone and their family. The author did a great job of bringing light to a sensitive subject!

The message of this story is extremely meaningful: Be o
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Mathew
Mar 20, 2016 Mathew rated it did not like it
Terribly illustrated and its standard of writing was just as bad. There are a few, better books out there that explore the issue of boys who want to dress up as girls or are confused about their gender identity. We do need more books like this out there and I would be concerned if people didn't want to see them in classrooms. Books like these can support focused discussion and, more importantly, allow those who feel the same way to see that they are not alone. I'd argue that even though this boo ...more
Michael
The State of the Union, 2015: Girls can wear pants, but boys still can't wear dresses. When are we going to get over it, people?

I'm giving this 5 stars out of the gate because it is a travesty that there aren't other books like this. (Is this the only one?) Our household library has collected over a 1,000 children's books since my 6-year-old was born and not one of those books has a boy in a dress as normal (except this one), or two dads (although we do own And Tango Makes Three), or two moms, a
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Daniele
Jul 18, 2013 Daniele rated it really liked it
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
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Sophia Martin
Oct 29, 2012 Sophia Martin rated it did not like it
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
Feb 19, 2014 Jennifer Pym rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
/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.

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Sam Bloom
Jan 31, 2011 Sam Bloom rated it liked it
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
Kirsten Lansberry
Dec 02, 2014 Kirsten Lansberry rated it really liked it
I like this book because it asks the reader to make a decision about how he or she will react to a transgender person. Hopefully the spirit of the book will remain with the reader long after they've forgotten about the Princess Boy.
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
Sadie Tucker
A mother describes her “Princess Boy” and recounts some of the challenges that they have faced. Princess Boy likes pink and loves to wear dresses and jewelry. When he is at home or with family and friends, he is supported. Things are more difficult when he leaves the safety of hearth and home: People laugh and stare, which makes him feel sad.

The text is comprised of simple, gentle prose. The narrator’s first person account brings a sense of immediacy and helps the reader to empathise with both
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Cassandra Werner
This is yet another book often placed under the "transgender" umbrella, despite it never mentioning gender identity. Rather, this is a book that addresses gender expression, in the classic tale of a boy who likes "girl things". While the book is interesting, it is less of the classic conflict-resolution plot, and more of an illustration of a character, the many character traits he has, and what minor conflicts may arise from that. The illustrations are colorful and unique, although I do find it ...more
Sarah Holland
Personal Response: I really enjoy the way "My Princess Boy" crosses traditional gender lines. It is a topic prevalent in today's society. The classroom is a vital forum to begin having these discussion and exploring themes outside the norm.

Purposes
-read aloud for enrichment: This book is excellent for discussing the topics of difference and acceptance. Students will see these themes taking place in their lives so it is important to openly discuss. It is important to encourage students to be them
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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
Aug 26, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-read, children, glbt
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.
Jessie
Mar 16, 2015 Jessie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, everything about it. The illustrations were brilliant and they seemed to fit with the way that the story was. I loved the affirming nature and voice of the book, showing that you would be accepted no matter what you chose to do. I think that's important for children to be accepted, they will only learn from you if they feel safe. So this is an important point for our future, learning that we have to be accepting of students of all kinds and all backgrounds. In order to be effe ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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.
Joe
Feb 26, 2015 Joe rated it really liked it
Read this today with my third graders. I was expecting folks on here to love it, but have been surprised so many were turned off by the faceless illustrations. It was the second thing my students noticed after previewing the cover (the first being the seeming paradox of the title). However, the lack of faces did not distract to take away from the message of the book. In fact, many students wanted to share why they thought DeSimone chose to illustrate the characters without faces ("...it's more a ...more
Audrey
Feb 21, 2011 Audrey rated it it was ok
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.
Johnny Nguyen
Oct 09, 2015 Johnny Nguyen rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-identity
My Princess Boy is a story about a little boy who likes to wear dresses. It is told from his mom’s point of view before changing the tone of the story to a questioning one toward the readers near the end. The story is interesting and the language coming from the mother is simple and sweet. The illustrations are also simple, but colorful and gets the point of the story across. What I like about the culture considerations of this story is how the main character and his family are not white like mo ...more
Krista
Jun 24, 2014 Krista rated it it was ok
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
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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
Nov 29, 2014 Dani Chakra rated it liked it
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
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