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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, clothing & dress
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list price: $16.95
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published: May 2014
ISBN:9781554983476
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But 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 the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and 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. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

About the Authors
Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She lives with her husband in Toronto. She likes cats and the colour orange. This is her first book.
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Isabelle Malenfant has a bachelor's degree in graphic design, but never worked in the field because she fell in love with illustration first. She likes to mix mediums such as watercolor, pastels and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. Isabelle has illustrated more than a dozen children's books, including Maggie's Chopsticks (Kids Can), which was awarded the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize. She was born in northern Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val-d'Or. Isabelle currently lives and works in Montreal, Quebec, with her little family.

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Contributor Notes

Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She lives with her husband in Toronto. She likes cats and the colour orange. This is her first book.

ISABELLE MALENFANT was born in the north of Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val d'Or. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal, then fell in love with illustration. Since then, Isabelle has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, including the highly acclaimed Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino. She lives with her family in Montreal.

Awards
  • Commended, American Library Association Rainbow List
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Winner, CBC Bookie Award for Best Picture Book
  • Commended, Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • Short-listed, Blue Spruce Award
  • Commended, Huffington Post Best Picture Books of the Year: Most Touching/Heartwarming
  • Commended, Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young People
  • Commended, Kirkus Best Picture Books Celebrating Diversity
  • Commended, Today's Parent Top Picture Books of the Year
Editorial Reviews

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.

— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

[R]ather than presenting an overt message about gender identity, the book provides a subtle and refreshing glimpse at a boy who simply likes to dress up.

— School Library Journal

[A] wonderfully moving and enriching picture book. Morris is a relateable character whom many readers will find both sympathetic and familiar.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

First-time author Christine Baldacchino debunks all the shoulds and shouldn’ts of children’s behavior merely based on the number of x-chromosomes. . . . Veteran illustrator Isabelle Malenfant imbues young Morris with such expressiveness, from his curious joy to hurt silence to cruel rejection to hopeful triumph.

— BookDragon

Baldacchino’s gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept.

— Booklist

Baldacchino doesn’t sugar-coat the teasing and isolation Morris endures. . . . Malenfant showcases Morris’s full emotional spectrum.

— Publishers Weekly

Morris is a complex character whose creativity and personality shine. . . . Sensitive and reassuring.

— Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Christine Baldacchino's story and Isabelle Malenfant's delightful illustrations show how being different is sometimes the bravest thing you can be.

— National Post