I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED by Karamo Brown

I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A black father and son share a loving, nostalgic dialogue in this empowering picture book.

Whether it’s a pancake breakfast, playing in the falling leaves of an autumn walk, wearing coordinating Halloween costumes (a bottle of organic maple syrup and a waffle), or enjoying a healthy salad picnic in the park, it is clear that this pair is made for each other. The all-dialogue text is written by real-life father-and-son pair Karamo Brown (of Queer Eye) and Jason Brown; reminiscing through baby pictures, reaching for the stars on a rooftop deck, or pretending to be statues, these characters pull readers in with every turn of the page. “I had such a big baby head!” remarks the boy; “Indeed,” replies his father. “But your big baby head was perfectly designed for you.” Syed’s bright, cartoon illustrations showcase the warmth of city life with an abundance of endearing, diverse families. The artwork includes details among background characters that enrich the tale with a meaningful message of kindness and inclusion, as in T-shirts with such slogans as “Be Kind” and “Feminist,” multiple same-sex couples, and characters with various types of religious garb. With tenderness and wit, this story captures the magic of building strong childhood memories.

The Browns and Syed celebrate the special bond between parent and child with joy and flair. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 5th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-250-23221-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2019




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