Synopses & Reviews
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.
"'Jacob, why do you always wear the girl clothes?' a schoolmate asks the gender nonconforming hero in the classroom dress-up corner. It's a question that Jacob's parents struggle with, as well. When the boy asks his mother to help make a 'real dress' after bullies tear off a togalike outfit he's improvised from a bath towel, Mom takes a long time to answer. 'The longer she didn't answer, the less Jacob could breathe.' But Mom and Dad believe that 'There are all sorts of ways to be a boy,' and they offer support that's low-key, emotionally authentic, and unwavering ('Well, it's not what I would wear, but you look great,' says Dad, who has to take his own long pause before answering). The Hoffmans, whose experience as parents inspired the story, and Case (Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters) who contributes thoughtful, down-to-earth cartoons of home and school have created an ideal companion for families and educators: upbeat yet realistic, astute about peer dynamics, and blessedly lacking in a sermonizing Big Moment. Ages 4 7. Illustrator's agent: the Herman Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Jacob, who likes to wear dresses at home, convinces his parents to let him wear a dress to school, too.
About the Author
Ian Hoffman and his wife, Sarah, are parents of a son who loves pink and a girl who loves yellow. They live in San Francisco, California. Chris Case received BFA and MFA degrees in Illustration from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He is the illustrator of Sophie and the Next-Door Monsters. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.