With the same tenderness as Dear Girl,, Paris and Jason’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations will make any boy reading this book feel that he's amazing just the way he is—whether he’s offering a helping hand, singing in a choir, or reaching for the stars!
…always trust magic
…and pursue your dreams.
filled with beautiful images and encouraging phrases
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, the “always trust magic” page is unbelievably awesome). Just flipping through pages to enjoy the pictures is a pleasure. Add that to the fun and enthusiastic messages for a young child, and this is a delightful book from cover to cover.
While much of the book is light-hearted, it also carries some important lessons, such as to be kind and about consent (that yes means yes and anything else means no). This book can be a real conversation starter with toddlers who are learning so much about the world around them.
Regardless, this book is beautiful and clever, a joy to read with young ones. The word-to-picture ratio is ideal for young toddlers through preschoolers/early elementary schoolers, and the vivid images will delight young readers across ages.
Final verdict: This lovely book is perfect for parents to read and enjoy with toddlers and young readers. The illustrations are just beautiful and the text is encouraging and full of great advice. Highly recommend for parents and young boys who enjoy picture books.