Author(s): Christine Baldacchino
Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom s dress-up center. The children in Morris s class don t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don t wear dresses. One day when Morris feels all alone and sick from their taunts, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo. Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure. With warm, dreamy illustrations, Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination."
Stonewall Honor Book in Children s and Young Adult LiteratureSelected for the American Library Association's Rainbow ListFinalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature AwardFinalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book AwardFinalist for the Blue Spruce AwardA "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of the Year"Kirkus Reviews"selection for Best Picture Book Celebrating DiversityA Cooperative Children's Book Center ChoiceA Huffington Post Best Picture Book of the Year "Morris is a complex character whose creativity and personality shine. . . . Sensitive and reassuring." "Kirkus Reviews, " starred review "[R]ather than presenting an overt message about gender identity, the book provides a subtle and refreshing glimpse ata boy who simply likes to dress up." "School Library Journal" "Baldacchino doesn t sugar-coat the teasing and isolation Morris endures. . . . Malenfant showcases Morris s full emotional spectrum." "Publishers Weekly" "Unlike some more messagey titles on the subject, this one provides Morris with a personality beyond his dress-loving nature, making him enjoyable literary company." "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "Baldacchino s gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept." "Booklist""
Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She lives in Toronto. Isabelle Malenfant has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, mixing mediums such as watercolor, pastel, and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. She lives in Montreal.