My Princess Boy

by Cheryl Kilodavis

Hardcover, 2011





Aladdin (2011), Edition: 1, 36 pages


A four-year-old boy loves dressing up in princess clothing. "A nonfiction picture book about acceptance ... to give children and adults a tool to talk about unconditional friendship"--Dust jacket.

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LibraryThing member TaylorOgne
This is a book about a mother who's little boy loves to wear dresses and loves pretty things but people make fun of him and it herts his feelings. In this book the mother explains how much she loves her little bot no matter what he chooses to wear and no matter what other people think of him. she loves him just the way he is. This story would be great for all kids because it is a great example of how every one is unique and that we should love people just the way they are.… (more)
LibraryThing member hhuget
This picture book, written for a particularly young audience, tackles the issue of gender roles. The author of this story is the mother of a young boy, who enjoys wearing dresses and enjoys acting like a princess. Told from the mother's perspective, she describes both the acceptance and the bullying that has resulted from her son's identity and choices. The illustrations and simple language would make this an ideal read-aloud book, and could be used with a group of young children to introduce the themes of gender roles, acceptance, bullying and compassion.… (more)
LibraryThing member jjpionke
Revolving around a four year old boy who likes to dress up as a girl, Princess Boy is loved by his family but sometimes is made fun of by others. This is a story of tolerance and perception. Illustrations are done in watercolors on the pastel spectrum. Characters are people of color, though they are faceless which allows for easier character identification between the reader and the story. Language is easy to understand with words being medium large on the page. This is not a book for a child just learning to read, but is one for a child who has some vocabulary. A good storytime book, especially for boys who like girl things, there is a clear message of tolerance and acceptance. Highly Recommended.… (more)
LibraryThing member mknest
A wonderful book telling the true story of a boy who likes "girl" things. A story of love, acceptance, and socialization, this book will challenge young readers to expand their ideas of gender and think twice before bullying. An important book for princess boys but also for any kid who has ever felt different (which is everyone!). I will be excited to keep this in my classroom.… (more)
LibraryThing member awakefield808
A great book for kids to see not all toys have to be boy and girl. Its ok to be different. This might be for older kids to understand the true meaning behind the book. Almost brought me to tears it was so sweet.
LibraryThing member TastefullyJReef
This is a book written about a very heavy subject of boys who like to play with girls things. This little boy loves dresses, and princesses. The author & illustrator made it so the boy had no face. I believe this was beneficial, because it allows any reader to imagine themselves or a friend in that place. Although this book may not be for everyone, it is essential that every child has a book that fits them. This book shows readers that whoever you are inside and out is special. It encourages others to be kind and accepting as well.… (more)
LibraryThing member e.a.leonard
A very important book for any child that feels or is different, but should be proud of their individuality.
LibraryThing member satyridae
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 if the target audience is going to be that self-analytical.

It's certainly a subject we need to discuss more, and I think this is a lovely opening salvo, but I look forward to more picture books with better illustrations.
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LibraryThing member crisoneg
Another great book attempting to break stereotypes and promote tolerance and respect.
LibraryThing member Madams21
This book was about not being judgmental and loving people despite their likes and dislikes. It was also about supporting people’s uniqueness. The message is to love one another and not judge one another. I liked how the brother who was a typical boy into sports loved to dance with his younger brother who was wearing dresses. I also liked how the mom was completely excepting of the boy looking at girl cloths and liking to wear jewelry because it was pretty.… (more)
LibraryThing member jobend2
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons. First, I enjoyed how it encouraged kids to be themselves. I really like the quote at the beginning of the book that said, “As a community we accept and support our children for whomever they are and however they wish to look. I really liked the language and writing in this book because at the beginning of each new idea, the phrase my princess boy was included, such as my princess boy likes to wear dresses. I think it made the book a lot more entertaining to follow. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. I enjoyed how the little boy had no facial features. No eyes, ears, mouth, lips, etc. I liked how the author did this because it helps show that the little boy can not be identified as a girl or boy by his facial features. I think the overall message of this book was that boys and girls don’t have to perform to their stereotypes. If a boy wants to wear a dress, then so be it. Everyone should be accepted for who they are even if it is seen as different.… (more)
LibraryThing member CarolinePfrang
This book follows the story of a boy who is into things that are associated with being very girly as told through the eyes of his mother. This book enforces the harm of placing gender roles on society while also enforcing to love all people for who they are even if they are “different.” My favorite part of this book came in the illustrations. In each picture of the princess boy he has no face drawn on. I thought this greatly added to the meaning because as a reader you either see your face there or possibly the face of someone you know. This was a subtle, great way to help the reader connect to the story while understanding the meaning. I also liked how this book showed the reaction of different groups of people to the princess boy. The mom, dad, and brother all supported the princess boy even though they had different interest then them. But it also showed how the public look down on the boy as weird. But, the boy still dressed and did the things he wanted to despite people making fun of them. This showed that even with a support from a few people the boy felt comfortable with being who he was. Finally, I liked how in the end the author/mother reached out to the audience with the statement, “If you see the princess boy…. Will you laugh at him? Will you call him a name? Will you play with him? Will you like him for who he is?” I found this to be a fantastic way to get the reader actively thinking about the message she was trying to get across throughout the whole book while at the same time making sure they treat people in a respectful way.… (more)
LibraryThing member kburdg1
“My Princess Boy” is a story written by the mother of a young boy who does not enjoy the typical “boy” activities, but rather, he likes to wear dresses. I really appreciated this story for a few reason. First, the author illustrates that the “princess boy” is accepted by all of his family members. His father twirls the young boy and tells him he looks pretty. The princess boy and his “cool” baseball playing big brother love each other, and the mother clearly accepts him as well. This is not the case for many boys in these circumstances, so in a way, the author is challenging families to step up and accept their child for who he is. This idea perpetuated at the end of the story when the author questions the reader: “If you see a princess boy, will you laugh at him? Will you call him a name? Will you play with him? Will you like him for who he is?” I also loved this story because the ending was very powerful, and continues to challenge the reader. The author states “My princess boy is your princess boy,” which encourages others to accept people for who they are, especially boys who enjoy traditional girly activities.… (more)
LibraryThing member CatherineWillett
“My Princess Boy” is picture book about a little boy who likes to dress up in dresses. This story is extremely touching. The book is written from the mom's perspective and you can hear the emotion when you read especially at the end when she asks what you will do if you meet a princess boy. Although the story is told from the mom's perspective, she includes how the father reacts. “His dad tells my Princess Boy how pretty he looks in a dress.”. The main idea of this story is to not judge people who do not meet societies standards, this idea is truly enforced on the last page when the mother asks the reader about what he/she would do.… (more)
LibraryThing member lpicke2
I liked this story. I enjoyed the plot because it shows how a boy can dress in princess clothes with a tiara and leotard just like other girls. I also enjoyed the illustrations of the boy’s motions in the pictures. The way he moved his arms, legs, and his stance shows how happy and graceful he is. The big message is that a boy can dress up in girl dresses and still be loved just the same.… (more)
LibraryThing member kbarry9
This book was a wonderful book for students and children in grades K-2, because of the least amount of words possible, and more about the images. I liked how the author and the illustrator worked together for the same goal of accepting people for who they are. I liked how the illustrator drew without faces, because you should just love people for them, and not their looks, and then how the mother discussed simple questions for students to read and think about. Students in the younger grades 1st and 2nd, start bullying, because they are trying to find their social cliques, and it is important for them to read this, to be more accepting. The main message of this book is that when you love people for who they are, they will be much happier.… (more)
LibraryThing member JaniceBrody
Great book about accepting someone for who they are.
LibraryThing member kesharra
This little boy doesn't mind being different. He loves the color pink and anything sparkly.
LibraryThing member 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.
LibraryThing member jgiann2
This is a wonderful book that encourages acceptance of others. I really enjoy this book for several reasons. The language is very descriptive and sets a happy tone. Positive language is used to describe the princess boy and how his family is proud of him for who he is. The writing is organized nicely on the pages. There are one or two sentences per page written in the shape of a half arc, which is appealing to the eye. I love the characters because they are believable and relatable. The reader may know someone who also likes to dress and act like a girl even though they are a boy. Society is not always accepting of this behavior, as mentioned in story. For example, the story reads, “But when he says he wants to buy a pink bag or a sparkly dress, people stare at him. And when he buys girl things, they laugh at him. And then they laugh at me. It hurts us both.” However, I really like that the family loves and accepts their boy. This creates a positive and heartwarming message for children. The gorgeous illustrations create vibrant canvases that cover the pages, which is very appealing to the reader. The expressions of pink color relate to the theme and create a pleasant mood in the story. The book pushes readers to think about how they would act if they knew someone who acted this way. For example, the book explains, “If you see a princess boy…will you like him for who he is? Our princess boy is happy because we love him for who he is.” This is a great question to ask children who are unfamiliar with this topic. The big idea of the book is to teach morals and acceptance. By accepting other for who they are, you will create a much happier environment for them and yourself.… (more)


Physical description

36 p.; 9 inches




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