A buoyant and heartwarming celebration of individuality, identity, and dressing to suit yourself!
It’s almost Frankie’s birthday and everything is ready — except for something to wear. All of her party dresses feel wrong. Her family tries to help, but it’s no good.
What Frankie longs for is a suit. A spectacular suit …
Can Frankie find the outfit of her dreams?
- The perfect gift for birthday parties, crafters, and children who don’t identify with traditional gender roles
- Wonderful conversation starter for teachers and librarians to explore gender and identity with age-relevant material from #ownvoice creators
- Would suit fans of Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love and When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff and Kaylani Juanita
“From Kat Patrick, author of Doodle Cat and Howl, comes a gorgeous picture book about the nervous joy of expressing yourself through clothing and the strength that comes with family support. Finding the perfect look (especially one with such strong Bowie vibes) for your own party can be incredibly empowering, and The Spectacular Suit also plays with gender in the same, delightful way that children do. Artist Hayley Wells’s picture book debut is warmly illustrated in a limited colour palette, creating a cohesive story world … While this story is a great one for sharing with children from the age of three, when the desire to choose your own outfit really begins to take hold, it could be perfect for those well into primary school, when individuality and identity begin to take on more significance.”
—Michael Earp, Books+Publishing
“This is a vibrant, charming book about how clothes can make you feel special and the importance of wearing the clothes that reflect your identity. The digital illustrations are gorgeous and dynamic and make the story really sing. It’s a delightful book.”
—Angela Crocombe, Manager of Readings Kids
“Immensely charming … A delightful, affirming story about finding your unique look without reducing it to simplistic, black-and-white, or reductive ideas about gender presentation. One of a kind.”
“Primary colors pop in this celebratory picture book about supporting children’s senses of being. Frankie couldn’t be more excited for her garden party, where there will be pickles and jelly beans, and decorations galore. But her mom picked out three dresses for her to wear, and none suit her spectacular expectations. She wants to wear something marvelous: “with lightning bolts and stars and style.” She has little hope that such an outfit exists, but with help from her family, her dream is achieved!”
—Foreword Reviews, starred review
Praise for Howl:
“In a fantastical narrative that mirrors the plot of Where the Wild Things Are, a child learns to resolve overwhelming feelings…The refrain ”If I am a [person], I am also a wolf” paints personhood as part and parcel of having wolfish feelings, and Wolf Mom’s advice (“Take a deep breath. Count to seven, which is ten in human breaths, and imagine your biggest feelings flying into the sky”) will prove useful for anyone having one of those days.”
“There’s a timelessness to the tale and an utter lack of judgment in the message: it’s OK to be a little wild every once in a while. Especially when it’s one of those days.”
“[A] great story about helping children get through some of their intense emotions.”
—Kristin Guay, Youth Services Book Review
"It’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day meets Where the Wild Things Are. Maggie already had so many misfortunes (her spaghetti was too long, the sky was too blue) when her two front teeth fall out. Fangs grow in their place, and she begins to have “wolfish thoughts.” The pencil and pastel drawings show how she resolves her feelings in an unexpected way."
“[A] celebration of recognizing and resolving the strong emotions that we feel. Not only for kids, but also adults.”
—Houston Library Finds
Praise for Doodle Cat is Bored:
“It’s exactly what it sounds like- Doodle Cat is very, very bored… Until he stumbles upon a crayon. What do you do with such an object? You doodle! Doodle Cat gets incredibly creative with his artistic endeavors- my favorite creation is the page where he draws six marvelous, colorful pangolins! With his new creative power, he certainly isn’t bored anymore. If you had a crayon to doodle with, what would you draw? Perhaps Doodle Cat can provide you with some inspiration!”
—Andrew King, University Book Store
“Imaginative, somewhat absurd drawings come pouring out as Doodle Cat scribbles. Surfing on a wave of farts with a wizard named Susan? Creating a swirl of spaghetti (that turns out to be a feline pasta called Uncle Noodle Cat)? Partying with pangolins (scaly anteaters)? […] Black line illustrations transition to full color, then end with simple red lines as the cat extends the crayon, offering it to the reader with an invitation to join in. A fun testament to creative possibility.”
“Expressive and emotive, Patrick’s simple ink, crayon, and acrylic illustrations capture the big feelings so many children face…uproariously funny on multiple readings. Doodling to exhaustion, the cat invites readers in: ‘What will you draw?’”
—School Library Journal
“Doodle Cat, drawn as a red, cat-shaped silhouette with frantic eyes and sharp whiskers … has a brain explosion that Farrell illustrates in a full-bleed spread of chunky psychedelic designs.”
“[T]he book’s pages burst with colorful creatures, wild lines, and new adventures. Doodle Cat’s audience will be itching to unleash their own inner artists.”