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‘Champions the individual’ The Ish Mother champions Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans!

The Ish Mother posted a wonderful and very thoughtful review of Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans by Jessie Miller and illustrated by Barbara Bakos:

This morning I woke up to news that the Archbishop of Canterbury has called on schools and nurseries to allow children to dress up how they choose, regardless of gender stereotypes. … it reminded me of a picture book I had waiting to review.’

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‘I really love the message of this story. It champions the individual and encourages children to dress for themselves and find happiness within rather than looking to other people’s opinions for validation. It’s also a good reminder not to judge others and to accept, and even applaud, other people’s differences – as the other farm animals eventually do.

It’s also fantastic to read a story featuring a male character who loves fashion. 

In terms of readability, the text is great – it’s written in rhyming couplets which always goes down well with children. I like how there are a few little jokes in there about online shopping that no doubt will go over the kids’ heads but will make the adult reader smile!

The illustrations are very bright, bold and cheerful. I particularly liked the little chicks that popped up throughout the book, adding another level of detail to spot as the book becomes more familiar. The farmyard setting is always a winner with children. 

I really recommend this book. It would be great for a little boy with a sense of style, to affirm that that’s OK and it’s good to enjoy the clothes you wear. But really it’s a story for everyone – a lesson in acceptance and in daring to be different. I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t benefit from that message!’

Thank you so much!

Read the full review here

Buy a copy of the book here