The Resource Sparkle boy, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Maria Mola

Sparkle boy, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Maria Mola

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Sparkle boy
Title
Sparkle boy
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by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Maria Mola
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Language
eng
Summary
"Three-year-old Casey wants what his older sister, Jessie, has--a shimmery skirt, glittery painted nails, and a sparkly bracelet--but Jessie does not approve. After two boys tease Casey about his appearance, Jessie evolves to a place of acceptance and celebration of her gender creative younger brother"--
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Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 Jessie is a girl who like things that are “shimmery, glittery, and sparkly,” and so, as it turns out, does her younger brother, Casey. When he sees Jessie twirling in her sparkling skirt, he wants one. Jessie says, “boys don’t wear shimmery skirts,” but Mama finds an old one and Casey wears it. Ditto with glitter nail polish, which Dad has no problem with, and a bangle from Abuelita. Jessie, however, is still not on board and unhappily heads to the library with her decked-out brother. But when kids mistake Casey for a girl, and laugh when he says he’s a boy, Jessie takes a stand. The straightforward text realistically makes Jessie the one who sees the problems that can arise for Casey (and herself), but her protective mechanism seems natural, as does the leap from annoyance to acceptance. When the kids say no glitter for boys is “just the way it is,” Jessie responds, “Not anymore.” The inviting, solidly drawn artwork features doll-like characters with expressive faces. It’s easy to see that being himself moves Casey from sad to happy. -- Cooper, Ilene (Reviewed 5/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 18, p59)
  • PreS-Gr 2—When older sister Jessie shows off her shimmery accessories, little brother Casey wants them, too, even if Jessie disapproves of sparkles on boys. In three repetitive vignettes featuring the siblings, Jessie appeals in turn to their mom, dad, and Abuelita to back up her claim that boys can't have what she has. In each case, the adult hesitates but ultimately affirms that Casey may wear a skirt, nail polish, and a bracelet if he likes. This delights Casey while making his sister increasingly grumpy. In the fourth and final tale, other children at the library misgender Casey and say that "everyone will laugh at" his clothes. Of course, in the grand tradition of older siblings everywhere, Jessie decides that no one else is permitted to tease or judge her younger brother, and she paints Casey's nails herself when they return home. Mola's winsome pencil and digital illustrations have a style that combines John Parra and Mary Blair. Though somewhat on the wordy side, this slice-of-life story will appeal to families, whether or not they include gender-creative members. VERDICT A cheerful addition for libraries that need more titles like Cheryl Kilodavis's My Princess Boy and Sarah Hoffman's Jacob's New Dress.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library --Sarah Stone (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 6, p76)
  • Newman adds to her lengthy resume of LGBT-themed books for children with this story about sibling rivalry and gender nonconformity.Despite the title, this book is not about Casey, the titular Sparkle Boy. It's about his big sister, Jessie, and her ongoing attempts to bully, shame, and otherwise convince her little brother that "boys don't wear shimmery skirts," paint their fingernails, or otherwise accessorize. Casey's parents and abuelita, indicated as a Latino or mixed family, are refreshingly supportive and kind, but Jessie's anger overshadows much of the story. Readers never learn why Jessie feels such antagonism, with no space given for reflection or empathy, nor does Casey display much depth of personality beyond his ravenlike attraction to shiny things. Of course, Jessie has a sudden and clichéd change of heart at the very end, when she's compelled to protect her brother against other children making identical accusations about his gender expression, and by the end the siblings "adore...each other." With illustrations that are colorful yet subdued and stationary, there's little to distinguish this story from other recent picture books about femme boys and trans girls who are forced to endure maltreatment from family, community, or both. Multiple titles already explore nearly identical themes, and at this point any of them will suffice until the industry yields more interesting and nuanced portrayals. (Picture book. 3-8)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2017)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10577083
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Newman, Lesléa
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • AD490L
  • Decoding demand: 87 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 62 (high)
  • Syntactic demand: 77 (high)
  • Structure demand: 77 (high)
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  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
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Mola, Maria
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Gender identity
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Teasing
  • Gender identity
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Teasing
Target audience
primary
Label
Sparkle boy, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Maria Mola
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1799555
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781620142851
Lccn
2016028288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781620142851
  • (OCoLC)959552251
Label
Sparkle boy, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Maria Mola
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1799555
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume
Isbn
9781620142851
Lccn
2016028288
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781620142851
  • (OCoLC)959552251

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