Thursday, January 16, 2020

My Dad Thinks I’m a Boy?! by Sophie Labelle

'My Dad thinks I'm a boy named Stephen who likes wrestling and fishing. But that's what my Dad likes.' Stephie is 7 years old. She likes bugs, books and spaghetti. Also, she's a girl... which should be pretty easy to understand, right? Well, not for her Dad! He's been mistaking her for a boy since she was born and struggles to see her for who she is. This powerful and uplifting comic book for primary age children and their families humorously portrays a situation that is often too common, where a trans child is forced to negotiate between their true self and their parents' love. With amusing illustrations, and a useful guide for adults, it's the perfect book to help show children that no one else than ourselves gets to decide who we are.
(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
It is so hard to find LGBTQ+ books for children. Finding books for children that represent transgender people is almost unheard of. When I finally found one, My Dad Thinks I'm a Boy, I knew I had to get a copy to read. I try to keep resources in case someone I know might be transitioning, or thinking of transitioning, and needed the books to help with that. I think this is a great resource that will help people understand what it's like to be transgender.

Not only is this book a great resource for children to understand more about what it's like to be transgender. I think it's also a great resource for adults as well. The explanations are incredibly simplified, and straight to the point. The book makes things incredibly easy to understand, whether the reader is four years old, or one hundred and four. I think this would especially be a great resource for a parent that is having a hard time understanding their child being transgender, and everything that goes along with that, no matter how old their child is. The discussion guide in the back of the book could be a great tool to open up a civil discussion between a child and adult about some misunderstandings they might have.

I really enjoyed My Dad Thinks I'm a Boy. It's a transgender positive book for children and adults alike. I think it could really open up a discussion between transgender people, and those that don't quite fully comprehend what betting transgender means, whether that be family or friends. I think the book is an incredibly valuable resource that should be added to libraries everywhere.  

I give My Dad Thinks I'm a Boy?!: 5/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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