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Summary

From a New York Times best-selling author and Caldecott-honor winning artist comes an exuberant story about playing dress up, having fun, and feeling free.

The boy loves to be naked. He romps around his house naked and wild and free. Until he romps into his parents' closet and is inspired to get dressed. First he tries on his dad's clothes, but they don't fit well. Then he tries on his mom's clothes, and wow! The boy looks great. He looks through his mom's jewelry and makeup and tries that on, too. When he's discovered by his mother and father, the whole family (including the dog!) get in on the fun, and they all get dressed together.

This charming and humorous story was inspired by best-selling and award-winning author Peter Brown's own childhood, and highlights nontraditional gender roles and self-expression.

©2021 Peter Brown (P)2021 Little, Brown Young Readers

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"This 'it's okay to be different' story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions.... Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries." (School Library Journal, starred review)

"A quietly marvelous picture book.... Echoing the themes of The Secret Garden, it is an ecological fable, a whimsical tale celebrating perseverance and creativity." (New York Times)

"With its skewed humor and untamed spirit this joyous exploration of quasi-reverse anthropomorphism will delight listeners again and again." (Booklist, starred review)

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