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Fred Gets Dressed
Peter Brown

From New York Times-bestselling, Caldecott-honor winning artist comes an exuberant illustrated story about playing dress up, having fun, and feeling free

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“Fred is a little white boy with brown hair, an electric glow to his hot pink aura, and an undeniable joie de vivre. One way he expresses the latter is by cavorting in the nude. Smiling, he streaks across the living room as his parents read on the sofa. Brown’s no slouch when it comes to letting loose (Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, 2013), but this story takes an interesting turn–into Fred’s parents’ closet. Of his own volition, Fred wanders in and looks over his dad’s side of the closet (boring) and then his mom’s (much more exciting), ultimately trying on one outfit from each. When Fred’s happily wearing his mom’s pink blouse as a dress and exploring his makeup and jewelry options, his parents walk in. Brown draws out this tense moment with a wordless two-page spread, but their surprise gives way to smiles, with a truly delightful sequence of them all doing their hair and makeup together. There is no discussion here of gender identity or expectation; it simply shows parents following their child’s lead and offering him love and the space to explore and be himself. This largely comes through in Brown’s marvelous illustrations, which favor purples, greens, and hot pink hues, thick line work, and a hipster aesthetic. A wonderful celebration of self that joins titles like Christine Baldacchino’s Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress (2014) and Rowboat Watkins’ Pete with No Pants (2017).

—Booklist, Starred Review ★

Fred Gets Dressed
by Peter Brown
$18.99 Hardcover

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 bestselling and award-winning author Peter Brown’s own childhood, and highlights nontraditional gender roles and self-expression.

Fred Gets Dressed
by Peter Brown
$18.99
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The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown
$8.99 Paperback

Wall-E meets Hatchet in this New York Times-bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown

Can a robot survive in the wilderness?

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is, but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.

As Roz slowly befriends the animals, the island starts to feel like home until, one day, the robot’s mysterious past comes back to haunt her.

From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed novel about what happens when nature and technology collide.

The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown
Paperback, $8.99
Books will be available on May 4.
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