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Pink is for boys
1st ed.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
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A celebration of how colors are for everyone depicts characters engaging in their favorite activities.


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An empowering and educational picture book that proves colors are for everyone, regardless of gender.

Pink is for boys . . . and girls . . . and everyone! This timely and beautiful picture book rethinks and reframes the stereotypical blue/pink gender binary and empowers kids-and their grown-ups-to express themselves in every color of the rainbow. Featuring a diverse group of relatable characters, Pink Is for Boys invites and encourages girls and boys to enjoy what they love to do, whether it's racing cars and playing baseball, or loving unicorns and dressing up. Vibrant illustrations help children learn and identify the myriad colors that surround them every day, from the orange of a popsicle, to the green of a grassy field, all the way up to the wonder of a multicolored rainbow.

Parents and kids will delight in Robb Pearlman's sweet, simple script, as well as its powerful message: life is not color-coded.

Author Notes

Robb Pearlman is the author of many books, including Groundhog's Day Off , Raggedy Ann and Andy: Leaf Dance , and Passover is Here! . Today, his favorite color is blue, but it may purple tomorrow! He grew up in New York City and now lives in a white and green house in New Jersey with his husband and Oscar, the butterscotch-colored best puppy in the world.
Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey and has had a passion for drawing, reading, and monkey bars since a young age. She is the illustrator on a number of books and when she's not drawing, you can find her climbing rocks or biking the hills of the Bay area. She and her husband live in Oakland, California.

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-It starts with "Pink is for boys. And girls. And bows on fancy clothes." So the structure of the book begins with a color for girls and boys on one page followed by another thing it's good for on the next. Each duo is its own vignette. Blue baseball uniforms, yellow crowns, green grass, orange Popsicles, purple unicorns ("because.unicorns!"), etc. It is all summed up on the second-to-last page, "And all the colors are for EVERYONE. Girls and boys." The illustrations are an integral part of the reading experience as they perfectly set the scene for each color be it on the ball field, race track, park, or fancy dance. They depict a reccurring cast of characters; the kids are all joyously engaged within each scene. Kaban uses a mix of saturated color and white space to good effect and easily shows a myriad of activities. VERDICT A good choice for opening discussion about color stereotypes, but one that ultimately undermines its message by equating "boys and girls" with "everyone," and failing to recognize nonbinary children. An additional purchase for most libraries.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

To whom does a color belong? Pearlman (Groundhog's Day Off) invites readers to think about this question gender-agnostically. "Pink is for boys," he writes. "And girls. And bows on fancy clothes." A bow, of course, could be a snappy bow tie on a dress shirt, or a big bow on a party dress. Nine more colors follow, with the boy-and-girl order flipped each time ("Green is for girls. And boys.") But except for an evocative acknowledgement that everyone owns the color orange in the form of "popsicles dribbling down sticky chins," the narrative sags after the opening salvo against traditional binary thinking and opts for predictable pairings (yellow is for paper crowns, brown is for teddy bears, and boys and girls have access to both). Happily, Kaban's (Old MacDonald Had a Truck) illustrations, resembling 1960s animation, create an inviting, kinetic world. Her characters are bundles of mischievous, untrammeled energy, with mouths wide open in expressions of infectious and very toothy joy, as if using their inside voices-or paying attention to any admonition from an adult-is the furthest thing from their minds. Ages 4-8. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

BLUE is for girls. And boys. / And uniforms on a team." Pearlman gives each of the introductory-crayon-box colors a gender-neutralizing treatment; in the corresponding illustrations, Kaban shows a girl and a boy happily interacting (e.g., playing baseball). The book is persuasive: by the time young readers hear "All the colors are for EVERYONE" at the end, that point should seem obvious. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Pink, blue, yellow, and orangeall colors that are for boys, girls, popsicles, and unicorns.With simple text and vibrant illustrations of racially diverse children playing together, this book introduces 10 colors "for boys. And girls." For each new color, Pearlman shares an example of where to find the color: on sports uniforms, crowns, race cars, and teddy bears. Each color is presented in simple, repetitive text on verso (alternating which gender as specified first) with a vignette on recto and then on the next, full-bleed double-page spread. Kaban's illustrations of children dancing, running, and flying on winged unicorns add an element of liveliness to keep the repetition from turning stale. Colored type that corresponds with the name of each introduced color encourages young readers to participate in the story. Although the book shares the message that "all colors are for everyone," the lead-up to this conclusion perpetuates the notion that gender is binary. The statement that "PINK [or blue, yellow, etc.] is for boys. And girls" leaves out anyone who might not fit those categories until the end. Even the examples for pink and blue reinforce stereotypical associations for the colors, since pink is for "bows on fancy clothes" and blue is for "uniforms on a team." For a book that aims at inclusiveness, this one misses the bull's-eye.In this picture book, pink may be for boys, but colors are still not quite for everyone. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

The message doesn't just drive but serves as the whole vehicle for this manifesto against linking gender with particular colors. Pearlman's opening lines Pink is for girls. And boys. And bows on fancy clothes. serve as the narrative template (more or less: sometimes boys come first) as he runs through a series of hues to insist that they're for everyone and everything. Kaban chimes in with illustrations that feature a carefully diverse group of overstimulated children posing in baseball uniforms, running gleefully outdoors, barreling along in soapbox racers, setting up a Popsicle stand, cuddling a huge teddy bear, and similar collective activities, before gathering them all for a final parade beneath a rainbow. Though a scene in which all the girls are in skirts and the boys in short pants is probably meant to depict a period costume party, it still muddies the thematic waters by reinforcing another kind of stereotype. Nonetheless, as a component in a gender-centric storytime (or, provocatively, opposite a title like Pinkalicious, 2006), this has a role.--Peters, John Copyright 2018 Booklist