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Dear Boy,

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  97 reviews
This perfect follow-up to the #1 NYT bestseller Dear Girl, is a touching love letter to the special boy in your life!

Dear Boy, yes means yes. Anything else means no.

Dear Boy, if you need one more reminder to pursue your dreams, then here it is: pursue your dreams!

Dear Boy, always trust magic.

Dear Boy, is a celebration of boys everywhere. It teaches boys to be kind, to be b
Published April 23rd 2019 by HarperCollins
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Apr 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Inspirational Picture-Books for Boys
Shelves: picture-books
Co-authors Paris and Jason Rosenthal, the daughter and husband of the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the prolific picture-book author and memoirist who passed away in 2017, present this follow-up to Dear Girl, , an affirmational title which was the joint project of Paris and her mother. Just as that earlier volume offered a picture-book advice manual for young girls, so this one offers the same for young boys. Each two-page spread features some words of wisdom - be kind, make friends with those l ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sure, it's a little hokey. But you know what? Sometimes we all need to be reminded that we are valued and it's okay not be know everything and to be kind. So hokey or not, I liked it. The world needs more sentimental things. ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as wonderful and sweet as Dear Girl.
Dannie Moore
This truly warmed my cold dead heart.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabc-reviews
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DEAR BOY is a series of reflections on and advice for life, geared towards boys. With statements encouraging them to follow their dreams, make friends who are like and unlike them, and believe in magic. With colorful and fun illustrations, this is a celebration of being a child that is a pleasure to share with your little one.

What I loved: The illustrations in this book are colorful, vivid, and completely gorgeous (for instance, t
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very sweet, just not as poignent as Dear Girl, which is too bad.
Leslie Marley
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Denise Menger
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good for lap reading
Raven Black
Exactly what you think it is: sentimental, modern, touchy-feely,, obvious. Simplistic illustrations. Companion to Dear Girl.
Fiorella Morzi
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 ** some truly outstanding pages
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Written as a letter of advice to a boy that you love, this book tells boys some great things- like be friends with girls, try your best, be kind, and more... There aren't any pieces of advice in here I would disagree with, and hopefully, these are things a young boy would take to heart.

A lovely gift for a young boy in your life.
Shaye Miller
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the same spirit of Amy Rosenthal’s Dear Girl, this picture book companion shares so many of the important things to remember, to do, and to experience during boyhood. ❤ The bright and ever changing artwork in this book was created digitally.

For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!
GinaRose Cristello
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As anmom of boys, I am constantly saying things to them like "be kind" and "it is ok to want to play with dolls" but you know when things come from your mom.... they are not always believed?? When it comes from a BOOK.. well now that makes it a fact! Both my boys love this... I see in their faces that the messages ring true, and it cannot hurt to be reminded over and over to love who they are, and that I am always here for them. A must have on your shelf ...more
Deb in UT
Dec 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-alena
This one made me tear up too, but I don't like it quite as much as Dear Girl but maybe I don't relate to it as much. ...more
Christine Heron
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Give this book to the little boys you love 💕
Becky B
A love letter to little boys to encourage them to be the best they can be.

Paris wrote the book Dear Girl with her mother who has since passed away. This book is written with her dad and does a good job of matching the tone of Dear Girl but differentiating it in ways that will help a boy grow to be a wonderful man. It's sweet and cute and from the heart.
Yvette Mendez
Same author who did dear, girl beautful words of wisdom to a young boy.
Viviane Elbee
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is a letter to boys, partly inspirational ("Dear Boy, Believe in yourself") and partly pedagogical ("Dear Boy, Yes means yes. Anything else means no.")

Holly Hatam’s art is great - the kids loved the illustration of the hockey player in chorus.

Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just like Dear Girl, this book is pretty amazing! It is a powerful, uplifting book, that puts boys in the spotlight. I think all classrooms, libraries, and parents should have a copy of this book as it informs boys that no matter who they are, they are loved, accepted and important.

With a cheerful stance, the book addresses “Dear Boy” as it explains some of the many different circumstances that he might encounter with fun, cute illustrations. The authors explain that it’s okay for “Dear Boy” t
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As expected, this is such a beautiful book. It is a follow-up to Dear Girl, another NYT bestseller. This inspiring letter to the little little boys of the world will give you chills as you read it. The flow of the text is impeccable. I enjoyed every word. The Rosenthals clearly left their hearts on the pages of this book and we are the better for it.

Hatam’s illustrations are just stunning and reflect those of Dear Girl,, beautifully. I love the diversity of the characters because they reflect ou
Crafted by Paris Rosenthal and her father Jason as a companion to Dear Girl, a "dear" book she wrote with her late mother Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It's a book to boost you if you're a boy, a book that gives a hug to all things boys can be. I like the lines later in the book that "whenever you need an encouraging boost, remember you can turn to any page in this book." It's a hug for boys, might just be what is needed sometimes! Holly Hatam also illustrated this book, filled with her signature line ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is everything. This book should be bought and read to and shared with little boys everywhere, every day (just like "Dear Girl," should be done with little girls). There is a part in this book that caused me to tear up. It caused me to pause, to take a breath, take a moment, and thank the authors for writing it. And to thank Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I hope it is as big as a "THIS" moment for others as it was for me. ...more
Michele Knott
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
A companion picture book to Dear Girl, which is the final book by beloved children's author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, completed by her daughter Paris Rosenthal, this is a perfect bookend to the first book. A wonderful book to give as a welcome baby gift, it really is a beautiful guidemap to navigating life as a young boy. ...more
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-tween
This was not as empowering as "Dear Girl." The book suffers from some stereotyping: "Play your favorite sport," girls aren't icky like all little boys think they are, no means no. I was hoping for something a little more inspired. "Dear Girl" did not need a companion book but here we are. "Dear Boy" is ok but nothing special. ...more
Lacey Louwagie
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's hard in an age of male entitlement to write an authentic, relevant, and child-friendly book of advice to boys. As such, this book didn't move me as much as "Dear Girl" even though I am the mother of a son. But it's a good start and even manages to slip in a two-page spread to start the conversation about consent. Because it's never too early. Seriously. ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me-and-ozman
This is not a book for me, I found it too shmaltzy. I get the message, I want Oz to absorb the message, but I don't like the format. I think if it didn't repeat "dear boy" on every page it would be less cheese. Oz is in a phase of not listening to me so I don't know how much he absorbed of the book. We may have to revisit it when he starts pre-school in a few weeks. ...more
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A soothing themed story of a parent's wish for a young boy. More of an empowering of what he can be and hope for. And what he learns like kindness, fairness, honesty, finding children like and unlike yourself and having dreams and a purpose. A book to partner with Dear Girl by the author and her mother but this one is written with her father. ...more
Cheriee Weichel
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s lots of good advice for boys (and girls) in this book. I especially love the two page spread that says,
Dear Boy,
Find kids who are like you.
Find kids who are unlike you.
Isn’t this ideal advice for the kid inside all of us?
Christine (Tina)
Glad that there is a follow up to Dear Girl!

Similar messages with a focus on little boys and the messaging we should be giving them in encouragement as well.

Hopefully, I'll have a grandson someday, one with whom I may share this work.
This picture book is an awesome companion to Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Full of poetic text with advice for young boys (but really good advice for everyone), Paris Rosenthal wrote this with her father. This is a great book to share with any young boy that you know.
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