Riley is inconsolable. Nothing and no one can comfort him and stem the flood of tears. Until his big sister Regina sets out on a mission to get to the bottom of what is making him so miserable.
In her first venture into children’s literature, Stéphanie Boulay sheds light on a profound search for identity. A charming, impactful and timely tale to foster self-acceptance and reassure children that it’s OK to be different.
Themes: Gender identity, differences and stereotypes
- A text of great literary quality penned with a unique sincerity by Stéphanie Boulay.
- Topics of transness, identity and gender expression are approached in a sensitive way to evoke empathy in children.
- A little hardcover book to be cherished, unfolding over 80 pages.
“This is a book that perfectly captures in both words and pictures the struggle so many young children face to be themselves.”
-The Globe and Mail
“Stéphanie Boulay delves oh-so-gently into the delicate question of identity and the importance of being yourself, no matter what other people think. Writing from a child’s perspective with an air of innocence and whimsy and a punchy pen, she does a marvellous job of capturing how awkward and difficult it can be for little ones to tell grown-ups what’s bothering them. A kaleidoscope of flowing watercolours, Agathe Bray-Bourret’s delightful illustrations defy all convention and go wonderfully with the theme of being proud to be different.”
– Marie Fradette, Le Devoir
- Winner of the 2019 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
- Winner of the People’s Favourite Award for Youth Literature, in collaboration with Radio-Canada and the TD Award
- Shortlisted for the 2019 Espiègle Award
- Shortlisted for the 2020 Quebec Booksellers’ Award for Children’s Literature – Ages 6–11 Category