My go-to children’s books for not-fitting-in themes are ones like Robert Munsch’s “Stephanie’s Ponytail” or anything by Todd Parr . A newish one, “Lonesome Puppy” is also pretty excellent. I’m curious about “My Princess Boy,” but I haven’t come across a copy. I’m open to suggestions for others.
One that I can almost guarantee won’t make it into the Amazon cart is “The Boy With Pink Hair” by gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Not that I have anything against boys with pink hair. I just like to keep snark and images of women who aren’t wearing underwear away from the kiddie corner. (I’m close-minded?)
Maybe deep down the guy is tender-hearted and has a mission more important than mocking bad facelifts. Reported publisher Penguin seems to think so. Here’s what they say about Perez Hilton’s kids book [via the LA Times]:
“The Boy With Pink Hair” is the story of a child born with a shock of fabulous hair that sets him apart from his peers. While some find this difference hard to accept or understand, “The Boy With Pink Hair” uses the opportunity to find what makes him special and share it with the world. The children’s book is illustrated with vibrant retro-feeling art by first-time illustrator Jen Hill, putting into pictures the fun that comes with embracing individuality.
I suppose the best news about all of this is that they’ve hired a real illustrator — Perez Hilton won’t be turned loose on the copy with an upgraded copy of MSPaint.
Of course, this whole thing could also be an exercise in second chances. Hilton, whose legal name is Mario Lavandeira, promised a few years ago he’d stop being so mean on his blog. He also promised he’d create a media empire. With this book, we’ll see if he keeps one or both of those commitments.
Or maybe this is simply an early April Fool’s Day prank.