Published Oct 14, 2014
Softcover, 32 pages
Reviewed by Laura & Son
There comes a time when dressing your child becomes a battle. You think your child should be wearing one type of clothing whether it's because of the weather or an occasion, and of course, your child has another idea altogether. All parents have been through this at some point. So how appropriate to have a book that deals with this issue in such a way that both parents and children will enjoy.
Like all children's books, I read this one with my son. He's eleven and likes to review children's books with me. The first thing he noticed about the book was the illustrations, of course. He thought they were great for this book. Rouillard's watercolor illustrations are adorable with Lulupop's character displayed perfectly with her facial expressions and body language. Just look at that cover; it says it all!
Lulupop only wants to wear dresses even though her mother sets out pants for her every morning and explains that wearing pants would be better because she has gym class that day or she'll be riding her bike to school and a dress would get caught in the pedals. But Lulupop is adamant. She loathes pants. So much so that she clearly states to her mother that she would rather sleep with slithering snakes than wear yucky pants.
This interaction between mother and daughter every morning was priceless, showing a mother's patience and wisdom and a child's need to have her voice heard and her decisions respected even though she paid the consequences for that later. By the end of the week, Lulupop was able to reflect on some disadvantages of always wearing dresses and came up with a solution.
Lulupop's answers to her mother were funny but intelligent, showing creativity and a strong personality. I love strong female characters in stories. In this case, both mother and child were strong, the mother for displaying such patience and Lulupop for fighting for the right to decide what to wear.
Lanyi makes good use of repetition that is sure to please the target audience for this book. Children also learn the various names for different types of pants, such as overalls and leggings. And children learn about routine and the different days of the week.
This is a beautiful, cute and fun book for all parents of little girls. I look forward to seeing what else author Susan Lanyi comes up with!
Note: This book is rated G for general audience.
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Susan Lanyi lives in Montreal with her husband, three children and puppy. She is a writer and has previously been published in The Globe and Mail. When Susan is not busy writing or doing "mom stuff" she is shopping for dresses with her daughter….Too bad her daughter only wants to wear pants!
I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Lanyi with Alexandre Rouillard the illustrator and Genevieve, owner of Domnizelles Publications at the International Toronto Book Fair. Their booth won second prize for best display. It had a tent with pillows with a background of greenery and a carpet of soft tuft. The children visiting from the various school flocked to this booth and automatically sat down to read the books strategically placed on the floor next to the pillows.
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Disclosure: Thanks to the publisher for giving us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.