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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pink is for Boys Book Review

Trying to help break the mold of the stereotypical pink is for girls, blue is for boys mantra, the Pink is for Boys book by Robb Pearlman helps children understand that all colors can be for all people.  And... all people can be all colors as demonstrated by the inclusive group of kids shown on the back cover and throughout the book, which shows kids of multiple races, in a wheelchair, and with glasses to just name a few.

The book is an early reader for the 4-8 crowd, targeting the K-3 grades. There is no more than ten words on every other page, and the pages are grouped together in sets of four. The first two pages introduce a color on one page like "Red is for boys. And girls" with an illustration on the other, then the next two pages mention what else the color can be used for like "And cars racing along the track," with an associated image.
The vibrant illustrations are from Eda Kaban. Her pictures fit the material well. They present the children in fun ways where boys and girls do things together, not as single sex activities where just boys play baseball or just girls play with unicorns. 

Robb is also the author of several other books that range from a kid's-oriented Where's Waldo?-like book for Star Trek fans in the Search for Spock to more adult-oriented but still fun books like I Adulted!: Stickers for Grown-Ups. The author does seem to have a thing with unicorns. (101 Ways to Use a Unicorn to name one.) There are several references to them in the Pink is for Boys book, too.

Overall, I like the book very much. While my eleven-year-old is beyond the target audience of this book, I'm proud of the fact that not all the kids in the book are white. Being a multi-racial family, it is important to have books where the children can more easily see themselves as the characters in their books. That isn't always the case. More authors are understanding that its a good thing and showing the diversity will probably help them sell more books.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions stated are my own and may differ from yours. See my disclosure policy for more information.


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