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REVIEW: Dear Boy, by Paris and Jason Rosenthal

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Title: Dear Boy,

Author: Paris & Jason Rosenthal | Illustrator: Holly Hatam

Publisher: HarperCollins | Published: April 23, 2019

Theme:  Self Love

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: 470

Synopsis: Paris Rosenthal teams up with her father, Jason Rosenthal, the author of the Modern Love article “My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me,” to bring you the heartwarming and inspirational Dear Boy,.

Dear Boy, is an open love letter to the special boy in your life. Boys, too, need a gentle reminder that they are cool, clever, compassionate, and one of a kind.

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!

…be kind

…always trust magic

…and pursue your dreams.

My thoughts…

As expected, this is such a beautiful book. It is a follow-up to Dear Girl, another NYT bestseller. This inspiring letter to the little little boys of the world will give you chills as you read it. The flow of the text is impeccable. I enjoyed every word. The Rosenthals clearly left their hearts on the pages of this book and we are the better for it.

Hatam’s illustrations are just stunning and reflect those of Dear Girl,, beautifully. I love the diversity of the characters because they reflect our world today. The color palette is warm and welcoming just like the text. Dear Boy, is an excellent book to read at bedtime by a parent or caregiver or read by a young boy as his own personal affirmation to himself. Another job well done by the Rosenthal’s! 

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REVIEW: Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Paris Rosenthal

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Title: Dear Girl,

Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal

Illustrator: Holly Hatam

Published: December 26, 2017

Theme:  Empowerment

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.3 | Lexile Measure: 480L

Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of I Wish You More, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and her daughter Paris Rosenthal collaborate to bring you the heartwarming and inspiring Dear Girl,

Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world.

Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s great just the way she is—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops.

My thoughts…

This book took my breath away. It gives homage to EVERY young girl. No matter their age, culture, or background this is their story. A story of empowerment, love, and appreciation for who YOU are. I totally applaud this heartfelt letter. This mother/daughter duo poured so much love in every word of this project. This book should be in every young girls’ hand.

The illustrations were beautifully executed. Their simplicity added to the elegance of the text. The prose and illustrations work in tandem to actualize the Dear Girl, message of empowerment and the importance of being “You.” If there is a special young lady in your life, this is the PERFECT gift for her. Whether it is to remind her that she is special or be the first time that she hears it. The Rosenthal’s didn’t forget about the boys. Check out Dear Boy, as boys are special too.

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