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I am Perfectly Designed speaks to a father’s love for his child and his acceptance of who that child is. Commitments made to be with the child throughout life, and the child promising to care for his dad in turn.
What I am Reviewing
I am Perfectly Designed was written by Karamo Brown along with Jason “Rachel” Brown. Anoosha Syed is the illustrator. Geared at children 4-8 years old, this picture book aims to help promote self-esteem in children while opening the doors to LGBT issues. 40 pages of a dad and his son having a back and forth conversation. Remember when? This is a beautifully illustrated hardcover picture book that I am reviewing for Raincoast Books. Published by Henry Holt & Co.
In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.
The Details of I am Perfectly Designed
Check out the colour in these illustrations eh? Isn’t it marvellous? Those deep, rich tones. A good combination of white space to colour. I loved the variation in text colour to show who was speaking.
If you are expecting a story that runs from beginning to end you won’t really see that. What you will see is progression from baby to older child. Comparing the when to the now. You’ll see a child remembering how Dad cared for him, and Dad agreeing with him. There is always a glimpse to the future. We often see dad reminding his boy that he is perfectly designed just as he is. A tenderly written book of a boy and a man sharing treasured memories.
This is a hard book for me to review to be honest. As a person of faith, I hesitate to recommend books where I disagree with a person’s lifestyle. That’s just there eh? I have to separate that thought from the actual book at hand.
I am Perfectly Designed does NOT delve into lifestyles, it celebrates family. Of family accepting each other, talking over the past, and looking forward to the future.
There is SO much to celebrate in family, from our similarities to the different things we do, and how we support each other. From a parent reminding a child they are fine just as they are emotions and all, to a child reminding their parent that when time comes he/she will support them! Celebrate that, and remember you are fine as you are.
Is there a soft-sell into LGBT issues etc? Possibly, if you look for it. BUT if you only see this book a way to remind children of parental love and support, of the importance of family, and build conversations around that, that soft-sell doesn’t need to come into the picture. I am perfectly designed will do just that. 🙂