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Children's Fiction Clothing & Dress

I Love My Purse

by (author) Belle DeMont

illustrated by Sonja Wimmer

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Clothing & Dress, Peer Pressure, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Recommended Age
4 to 7
Recommended Grade
p to 2
Recommended Reading age
4 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2020
    List Price

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Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. They point out that they, too, have things they like, but that doesn’t mean they go out in public wearing them. But Charlie isn’t deterred.


Before long, his unselfconscious determination to carry a purse starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite, though unconventional, Hawaiian shirt to go to work; his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself. With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is ideal as a read-aloud or as a story for emerging readers. It can also be used as a starting point for a discussion about gender roles.

About the authors


BELLE DEMONT est auteure et illustratrice de Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse. Jamais sans mon sac à main! est son premier livre jeunesse.


BELLE DEMONT is a writer and illustrator from Halifax, Nova Scotia. This is her first book.

SONJA WIMMER is an award-winning German illustrator and storyteller from Munich.


Belle DeMont's profile page


SONJA WIMMER est une illustratrice qui a déjà remporté plusieurs prix littéraires. Elle vit à Munich, en Allemagne.


SONJA WIMMER is an award-winning German illustrator and storyteller from Munich.


Sonja Wimmer's profile page


  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award finalist

Other titles by Belle DeMont

Other titles by Sonja Wimmer