Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: I Love My Purse
Publish August 22, 2017
I Love My Purse, by Nova Scotian author Belle DeMont, is an unabashedly positive tale about following your bliss. Charlie’s favourite possession is a bright red handbag given to him by his grandmother. Tired of surreptitiously sporting the jaunty purse only in his bedroom, he decides to carry it to school. Charlie’s father questions his son’s accessory choice, pointing out, “Boys wear sneakers and baseball caps.” Charlie remains steadfast in his fashion decision and unequivocally replies, “But I love my purse.” Throughout the day, the young boy handles other detractors with aplomb. Staying true to his style instincts, when asked, “Why are you wearing a purse?”, Charlie’s repeated refrain is, “ ‘Cause I want to.” The child’s admirable, maverick attitude soon inspires others to shake off the shackles of convention: Charlie’s father ditches his regulation shirt-and-tie combination and dons his best Hawaiian shirt; classmate Charlotte paints her face like a tiger; and a crossing guard puts on a sparkly, turquoise pair of roller skates.
Sonja Wimmer’s colourful, captivating illustrations are full of verve and energy. Wordless spreads propel the storyline forward and show Charlie’s friends dreaming of the things they’d love to do. A sneak peek inside the roomy, polka-dotted purse shows some surprising contents, including a purple dragon, a cup of tea, and a tiny creature piloting an airplane. Challenge gender expectations with this charming, upbeat picture book.
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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