From blogger-extraordinaire, Perez Hilton, comes the story of a boy who is not afraid to be who he is and how his difference makes a difference.
- ISBN-13: 9780451234209
- ISBN-10: 0451234200
- Publisher: Celebra Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2011
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-5
- Dimensions: 11.38 x 8.85 x 0.43 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.94 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-07-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Celebrity blogger Hilton makes his debut with a book blurbed by, among others, Lady Gaga ("I wish, when I was young, I had a book as touching and beautiful as this to teach me about the journey of self-acceptance"), and brimming with admirable intentions. But a plea for understanding and tolerance, however necessary, does not a children's book make. Hilton writes as if he's working from a checklist imported from the Ideal World: the Boy's model parents love him unconditionally, "didn't pester him to play games that he didn't like," and encourage his cooking talents by building him a kitchen-equipped tree house. He has little faith in readers' ability to read between the lines ("he followed his own special dream and was happy to be just who he was"). He won't even let his hero have a simple triumph—the Boy not only saves Parents Day with his cooking, but also gets his creations on a restaurant menu. Hill, an animator also making her debut, fares better: her stylish, boldly brush-stroked vignettes exude a funny franticness, and her bigheaded, eager-eyed characters will feel instantly familiar. Ages 3–5. (Sept.) The Crown on Your Head Nancy Tillman Feiwel and Friends, .99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-312-64521-2 Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) continues her project of nurturing children's self-esteem, creating a cascade of dreamlike spreads to accompany verses assuring them that "he world is a wonderland waiting for you." Her familiar brand of atmospheric, digitally created images show children who wear crowns "made up of sparkling, glimmering things/ like moonlight and fireflies, and dragonfly wings." These children are not the only ones who wear a crown; every child has one, Tillman explains: "No one's is brighter, no one's is duller./ It's only a crown of a different color." Tillman's montages begin with an infant and toddlers, before showing older children perching in a tree house, riding a cheetah, leaping with gazelles, and wearing a cape made of butterflies that come to life and flitter away. There's something magical about the idea of intimacy with wild animals; spreads in which Tillman imagines such interactions, like the cover image of the child asleep astride a zebra, have special power, especially as they're rendered with photograph-like verisimilitude. Tillman's affirmations will please her loyal audience: "Blink three times and... there you are!/ You are twinkling, little star!" Ages 4–8. (Sept.)