Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Fred enjoys running around the house without any clothes on, but when he gets to his parents’ room, he decides to explore. He considers both dad’s and mom’s clothes, then decides that mom’s are more to his liking. He puts some on, then decides to check out her jewelry and makeup. He’s just had a little lipstick mishap when in walk Mom and Dad. A wordless page shows them all looking at each other; the next wordless page has them all smiling. Then the three of them (and the dog) get to work decorating themselves, and pose at the end for what looks like a photo with the caption “Now Fred is dressed.” The final page shows him running away, his dress revealing his backside and the one garment he has failed to put on. 48 pages; ages 3-8.
Pros: A fun celebration of individuality which makes its point about gender clothing choices without hitting the reader over the head with it. As soon as I saw the first page I thought of Peter Brown’s Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, and indeed, there were some parallels, with clothing representing the tension between doing what society expects and following your heart.
Cons: Those writing the one-star reviews on Amazon might want to go go back and reread Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.