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Review: Tomboy

October 10, 2014


Liz Prince has always hated dresses and took a stand against them at the age of 4.  Her parents respected her opinion and allowed her to dress as she pleased – her favorite thing to wear was an old blazer handed down to her from her friend Ben.  When she started school and was expected to “follow the rules of gender,” she realized she’s a tomboy, which is defined as “a girl of boyish behavior.”  Liz says,

Obviously, this subject makes a lot of assumptions about gender, both male and female, and trying to define what makes a girl or what makes a boy is what got me so confused in the first place.

Throughout her adolescence, Prince was mistaken as a boy or as being gay but she found a few friends who accepted her the way she was and stayed true to herself.  She never really felt like she fit in, though, until she discovered The Tutorial School, a school that allows parents and students to set their own curriculum.

I really enjoyed Tomboy, Liz Prince‘s graphic memoir.  Prince does a great job showing what it’s like to be different as a kid.  I loved that her parents respected her wishes and she remained true to herself even when she was teased.  I really like the way this book explores gender identity – it’s sure to spark some great discussions.  This book will appeal to teenagers – both boys and girls – on up and should provide comfort to many.

Prince does a great job telling her story in a compact manner and her terrific illustrations enhance the story.  I loved Tomboy and recommend it to others.

Tomboy interior

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site tomorrow.

Review copy provided by Zest Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2014 7:27 am

    Sounds excellent! I have read a graphic novel or memoir in a while… adding to my list.

  2. October 10, 2014 8:00 am

    That sounds interesting! I need to read more graphic novels – and how fun, a graphic memoir!

  3. October 10, 2014 8:13 am

    Thanks for your review Kathy. Peer pressure can be strong. It’s great that her parents supported her.

  4. October 10, 2014 9:13 am

    Looks really fun, especially the illustrations!

  5. October 10, 2014 1:56 pm

    Sounds like a good book! I’ve never understood the “dress according to your gender” rule. I was short and skinny in school and girls jeans were either to big in the waist or way to long, so I wore boys jeans because I could get them in the waist size and length I needed.

  6. October 10, 2014 3:45 pm

    This sounds like a good and fun book! The illustrations are terrific.

  7. Patty permalink
    October 10, 2014 4:20 pm

    I love books like this one!

  8. October 10, 2014 5:15 pm

    I think I’d enjoy this.

  9. October 11, 2014 5:08 pm

    SMILE was the first graphic memoir I read. This one sounds good and different .

  10. Beth F permalink
    October 13, 2014 7:11 am

    Oh a new graphic memoir! I bet I love this — I was tomboy-ish too (though not to her extent, I don’t think).

  11. October 13, 2014 10:34 am

    I loved this one too. Such a gem!

  12. Literary Feline permalink
    October 13, 2014 5:29 pm

    This sounds like such a great book. It’s been ages since I last opened a graphic novel to read. Adding this one to my to read list.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    October 14, 2014 7:54 am

    I love the idea of this book… and it’s the perfect format for her story! Thanks for sharing.

  14. October 22, 2014 7:02 pm

    The graphic storytelling seems like a good fit!

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