cover image Dress Like a Girl

Dress Like a Girl

Patricia Toht, illus. by Lorian Tu-Dean. HarperCollins, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-279892-3

Toht pokes fun at fashion “rules” as a diverse group of friends dress for a variety of special occasions. When “bright, vivid hues” are in order, the girls don firefighter and police uniforms, and when a day at the beach (or bath time) calls for “sleek swimwear,” they wear snorkel gear. On “game day,” they don uniforms to play sports (among them hockey, soccer, basketball, and football), and in a tool shop, they wear hard hats and take measurements. Tu-Dean captures the joy of dressing up, friendship, and discovery in her mixed-media art. Fashion is limitless and fun, Toht suggests—but it’s not so much the clothes that matter as the individual underneath. Ages 4–8. [em](Jan.) [/em]