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The Boy in the Dress

Title

The Boy in the Dress

Authors

David Walliams

Illustrator

Quentin Blake

Publisher

HarperCollins Children's

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780007279036

Pages

231 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Dennis' life is boring and lonely. His mother left two years ago, his truck driver father is depressed, his brother is a bully and, worst of all, "no hugging" is one of their household rules. But one thing Dennis does have is soccer--he's the leading scorer on his team. Oh, and did we mention his secret passion for fashion?

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

650L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Single parent; Divorce; Gender nonconformity; single father; divorced parents; boys who dress like girls

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

single father

Awards

Children's and Young Adult Literature Award, 2011, Honor Book, Children's (Young Adult Literature)
New Horizons Book Award, 2010, Short List
Roald Dahl Funny Prize, 2009, Short List, Funniest Book for Children Aged 7-14
Choices, 2010 Children's Fiction
Gay and Lesbian Themes and Topics in Selected Children's and Young Adult Books, 2009 Sex and Gender Identity
Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction
Thickskinned, Thinskinned, The Skin I'm In: Books about Bullying, Teasing, Relational Aggression and School Violence, 2013 Being Different (Grades 4 - 8)

Keywords

dressing up; fashion; friendship; soccer; absent mother

Diversity Impact

direct

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