If you're looking for a fun story about a delightfully different little boy, I strongly recommend you make friends with Morris Micklewhite.
Morris Micklewhite's imagination is strong. He likes jungles and outer space and dress-up time. His favorite dress-up costume is the tangerine dress because it reminds him of tigers, his mother's hair and the sun. He also loves the sounds it makes when he runs and sits and plays.
But his friends at school don't like to see Morris wearing the dress. They tease him, try to take the dress and tell him that dresses are only for girls. Morris stops dressing up because his friends hurt his feelings.
But after a long weekend with his thoughts, Morris decides that dress-up is still fun and he wants to wear the tangerine dress again. During recess, instead of hanging out with the friends who teased him, Morris imagines his own adventures and has so much fun that his friends decide to join in. As it turns out, it doesn't matter what your friends wear as long as you have fun with them.
This book is beautifully illustrated with charcoal, watercolor and bright orange pastel, making it a visual joy. I loved reading about Morris' courageous creativity and watching his imagination play out on the pages.
Although Morris' choices may be controversial to some, author Christine Baldacchino handles the topics of gender roles and bullying sensitively, without preaching. Morris' journey with self-esteem is a great illustration of self-acceptance and love.
I am an adult services librarian with a fondness for teen and children's literature. When I'm not completely enchanted by a book, I love to start crafty projects (that I never finish), watch "Doctor Who" and visit all of the amazing restaurants and food trucks in Columbus.