Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows. . . . Unfortunately, when Bailey's awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary. "You're a BOY!" Mother and Father tell Bailey. "You shouldn't be thinking about dresses at all." Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey's imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey's dreams come true! This gorgeous picture book--a modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside--will delight people of all ages.
- Hardback | 32 pages
- 205.74 x 279.4 x 7.62mm | 317.51g
- 15 Jan 2009
- Seven Stories Press,U.S.
- New York, United States
- chiefly col. Illustrations
"I had a graduate student come up to my reference desk the other day asking for picture books where the characters acted out non-traditional gender roles. When this happens (and it happens more than you would think) I tend to begin with the stories that can be interpreted multiple ways, like "The Story of Ferdinand". Then I pluck out "The Paper Bag Princess", "Elena's Serenade", and "William's Doll". The piece de resistance is our very special copy of "X: A Fabulous Child's Story" which you will not find circulating in just any library system, thank you very much. However, the book I most wanted to show off was "10,000 Dresses"."--"School Library Journal""If you are a member of an LGBT family with young children, or the friend or ally of an LGBT family with young children, and want to expose your children to what the broad LGBT community looks like, you need to expose yourself and these children to the picture book "10,000 Dresses"."--"Pam's House Blend""Bailey may continue to inspire families in new ways with her bravery and artistic vision."--"Bay Windows", New England's Largest GLBT Newspaper"Bailey is a wonderful creation, but then again so are the dresses she dreams up; the illustrations by Rex Ray have a sleek, artful look."--"Edge Boston""Marcus Ewert's "10,000 Dresses" is a joyous book about self-acceptance and identity. It is also the only children's picture book that features an openly transgender protagonist, and does so with both sensitivity and celebration."--"Philadelphia Gay News""It is a wonderful story that lets you see the world through the eyes of a gender variant child."--Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Newsletter"Great for any kid who knows someone who is different or who may feel a little different themselves sometimes."--"Rainbow Rumpus""This charming book offers a subtle and touching approach to introducing kids to the maze of gender identity." --"GT/Gaytimes"(UK)
About Marcus Ewert
An actor, writer, and director, MARCUS EWERT is also the creator of the hit animated children's series Piki & Polo, which appeared on MTV's Logo channel. He is currently writing a memoir of his time with Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Ewert lives in San Francisco. From the eBook edition.