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Annick Press Fall 2017

I Love My Purse
By (author): Belle DeMont Illustrated by: Sonja Wimmer
Belle DeMont ,

Illustrated by :

Sonja Wimmer


Annick Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) P - 2, Grade (US) P - 2, Reading age 4 - 7
Sep 12, 2017
$21.95 CAD


9.2in x 8.9 x 0.3 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

36 pages
Annick Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Clothing & Dress
Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2018, Joint winner Blue Spruce Award 2018, Nominated Children’s Literature Recommended Lists, Wisconsin State Reading Association 2019, Joint winner Cybils Blogger’s Award 2017, Nominated Eric Hoffer Award, 1st Runner-up 2018, Winner Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award 2018, Short-listed Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Silver 2018, Joint winner National Parenting Product Award 2018, Joint winner Notable Books for a Global Society 2018, Joint winner Rainforest of Reading Award 2017, Nominated Storytelling World Award 2018, Short-listed Storytelling World Award 2019, Joint winner Top 10 Recommended Reads, TD Summer Reading Club 2018, Joint winner
  • Short Description

Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?

Charlie loves his bright red purse, so why does everyone else have a problem with it?

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. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite 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 sure to entertain young readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.

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.

“A wonderful story about self-expression.”

- CanLit for Little Canadians, 08/14/17

“Delightfully inspiring.”

- Foreword Reviews, *starred review, 09/17

“With his polite determination not to conform to other people’s gender expectations, Charlie is the heart of this delightful story.”

- Quill & Quire, *starred review, 09/17

“Affirming of gender nonconformity.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/17

“A winner for families and schools being more inclusive about breaking gender norms.”

- Waking Brain Cells, 10/03/17

“Refreshing and enjoyable, full of colorful and eye-catching illustrations. There is a good amount of diversity to keep the book from falling into a stereotypically white construct like so many others that look to gender or sexuality.”

- CM Reviews, 11/24/17

“A lovely, light-hearted tale about breaking from the norm.”

- Resource Links, 12/17

“Kudos to Charlie for his non-conformist ways. We could all take a lesson, and teach a lesson by sharing this book with our kids.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/16/18

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