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Dress Like a Girl

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  89 ratings  ·  31 reviews
What’s the right way to dress like a girl? In this timely picture book in the vein of Princesses Wear Pants, a slumber party full of girls enacts their own playful, empowering twists on several stuffy, old-timey rules of fashion.

What does it mean to dress like a girl?

Many will tell you in this big wide world

that there are strict rules that must be addressed,

rules you will
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by HarperCollins
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Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
What does it mean to dress like a girl?
Many will tell you in this big wide world
that there are strict rules that must be addressed,
rules you will need when looking your best.
But when you are given these rules to obey,
the secret is heeding them - in YOUR OWN WAY.

So, I'm a feminist and this book is about telling girls that they can grow up to do what adults deem amazing jobs. It uses clothing to get this message across.

On hot summer days the look is crisp white,
on land or on sea or on a long flig
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Get out your victim card, life is oh so tough for girls today that they need books to allow them permission to wear whatever they want and follow any career path they choose. Because those mean, mean men are oppressing poor, poor girls. Sigh.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's a worthwhile concept, but I wish there were more instances of gender-neutral clothing here. Unless the girl is actually in a costume representing some profession, more often than not she's wearing a dress, a ruffle, a bow, or something pink. I suppose that rather than heeding fashion rules - in your own way, I'd prefer to throw them away. I'm sure there are plenty of girls that will like this book, but my daughter, who often prefers to choose clothes from the boys department, probably would ...more
Edward Sullivan
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
An unremarkable promotion of girl power.
I understand the message and the rhyming is catchy but I am not happy w this book and here's why. "Change up your clothing to always look smart" Hmmmm. The concept of "smart" may be over the head of the reader. Could go either way. The "outfits" inside are really just that. For anyone. Message sent. The beginning and end have to go.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
There are good intentions here, and it's cute, but I think this book is ultimately forgettable.
Jenna Grodzicki
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Patricia Toht has a delightful new take on rules of fashion that girls should follow. Each spread depicts girls "adhering" to these rules in their own, imaginative ways. No dream is too big. Lorian Tu-Dean's illustrations are colorful and engaging. Makes for a fun read aloud!
Kristina Jean Lareau
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebook
I like the premise and also the illustrations but it just feels a bit preachy.
With brightly colored illustrations and rollicking rhyming text, this uplifting picture books encourages young readers, especially girls, to be themselves and to dress the way they think is best instead of according to the rigid expectations of others. A group of young ladies are attending a slumber party, and their play involves several costume changes and readers realize that all of the outfits are just right for a girl - "What you think determines which outfit's okay. Don't judge your appeara ...more
Katey Howes
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dress Like a Girl is a fabulous ode to dress-up - with a twist. Illustrations and text reinforce the idea that girls can have fun dressing in everything from judge's robes to spacesuits, looking brave in red firefighter uniforms, or sporting a trendy pattern on safari. The young girls depicted defy expectations - and look confident and happy doing it - and the catchy rhyming text demands to be read over and over again. Sure to become a favorite!
Chana Stiefel
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
What does it mean to “Dress Like a Girl”? In this lovely new book by Patricia Toht (illustrated by Lorian Tu-Dean), dressing up means following your passion, your creativity, and your heart. Framed by a joyful sleepover party, the girls in this book dress up like an astronaut, doctor, firefighter, construction worker, diver and more! Young readers will feel inspired and empowered as Toht writes, “Make your own rules in this big wide world, Set your sights high...and dress like a girl!”
Andria Rosenbaum
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written in fun, clever rhyme, DRESS LIKE A GIRL is much more than a guide of what to wear. With illustrations powered by imagination, this book puts all girls in the driver's seat. It removes limits and urges them to be what ever they choose. It reminds them that no one's opinion carries more weight than their own. Empowering, upbeat and a must read for girls everywhere.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A very useful and relevant book for today. I enjoyed how girls are represented in a variety of jobs as they role-play with one another. The illustrations are very lovely with multiple races and ethnicities represented. I think the text could be a bit clunky at times.

This would pair well with Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty.
Jillian Heise
I get what it's going for in being your own person and not worrying what others say, but not sure it's completely successful. It still felt very stereotypically "girl" genderized in the illustrations and some of the wording. And some of the professions seem a bit of a stretch to try to make a rhyme that feels forced.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this light-hearted and inspiring rhyming picture book, young fashionistas will enjoy pouring over the pages finding girls like themselves and activities and occupations they might want to explore. Dress Like a Girl urges each girl to "express your true self, for there's only one you." A fun and empowering book to share with a friend or a group of friends, sure to encourage creative play.
Michele Knott
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate to hear the author talk about this book and she shared that the book wasn't originally organized as "rules" to follow. I liked the change - I think the "rules" set up for a great conversation about gender expectations and how just because this is how something was "once" done, it doesn't have to stay as a norm.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can see this being a big hit with parents and teachers wanting to stress the importance to girls of having fun whether dressing up as someone else, or being yourself. I hope it's read to boys too, as the message transcends genders. It's a positive, welcoming concept with very fun illustrations that will no doubt inspire some great dress up playdates!
Eileen Meyer
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lively illustrations and fabulous rhyming text showcase fashionable girls dreaming of bright futures! This book is a winner for the young ladies in your life! From astronauts, to doctors, police officers and sports stars - the sky is the limit for young girls and their dreams.
Gina Perry
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A lively and sweet read aloud about having fun with friends, trying on different hats and roles, and supporting each other. A great book to communicate that girls can do anything, but never once feeling preachy while getting the message across.
Emma Smith
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Bouncy rhyming text, fun illustrations, and a message of girl empowerment. This books takes the phrase "dress like a girl" and gives it a spin, letting girls know they can dress however they like, and for whatever professions they aspire to.
Jodi McKay
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully poignant book about self-expression as all of the little girls in the books dress in ways that show their individuality. Perfect for all kids in that it delivers a message of being true to who you are rather than assuming an expected role.
Allison Wysong
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A cute little story about dressing up and how different colors/patterns/dress go along with play.
Emma (Miss Print)
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll be honest, it's not the best rhyming text I've ever read but I really like the concept and the artwork.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful addition to any collection, Dress Like a Girl encourages and celebrates the individuality and style of every girl, no matter what they wear, and what their dreams are. No matter what, if you identify as a girl, you are dressing like one, too!
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Girl power, rah, rah!

Moral: dress however you want.
Melissa Neufer
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, LOVE this book! Breaking stereotypes for girls and just showing we dress how we dress, doesn't matter what our gender is. LOVE IT!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
The message of this book feels a bit generic and like its pandering. It was just okay.
Great Books
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 19-ages-3-5
This light-hearted, inspiring picture book shows that through dressing up and creative play, young ladies can be anything they want to be.
Reviewer 5
Michelle Schaub
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This empowering book shakes up the rules for what it means to dress and behave like a girl. Patricia Toht's lively rhymes pair perfectly with Lorian Tu-Dean's bright illustrations for an upbeat, inspiring message for girls of all ages.
Stefanie Kellum
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I wish elementary-school-aged Stefanie had had this book! Wonderful step in the right direction for teaching healthy self esteem and body image.
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Patricia Toht once owned a children’s bookshop called Never Never Land before turning a love of books into a love of writing. Pick a Pine Tree is her debut picture book. Patricia Toht lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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