978-1-939547-37-8

Hardcover

32pp, color

8in x 8in
Juvenile Fiction:  Social Themes/Self-Esteem

4 and up
September 2017

$17.99

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Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, 2018

"Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely! That is the central message of author/illustrator Jess Hong's charmingly thoughtful and unfailingly entertaining picture book story for children ages 4 to 8. Lovely will prove to be an enduringly popular choice and is very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections."

— MidWest Book Review

Lovely

By Jess Hong

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly.
Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely!

“How nice to see a lovely book that shows the lovely in all of us.”
— Jennifer Fosberry, New York Times best-selling author of My Name Is Not Isabella

 

“A beautiful celebration of diversity!”
— Julie Downing, award-winning author/illustrator

Lovely, a debut picture book written and illustrated by Jess Hong, is a lively ode to being different. “What is lovely?” the text asks. “Lovely is different.” A girl with one blue eye and one brown eye looks directly at the viewer. Then comes a series of illustrative plays on words. The word “Black” is next to a white woman wearing black clothes. On the facing page, the word “white” accompanies a black woman with white hair. On other spreads, we see a tall woman walking a short dog (“tall”) opposite a short man walking with a tall dog (“short”), and a red-haired girl with a “fluffy” cat opposite a straight-haired girl with a “sleek” snake. As with any successful picture book, the art in Lovely doesn’t just illustrate the text, it expands it. This is why a spread like “Fancy. Sporty. Graceful. Stompy” works so well: Illustrated with four sets of legs — hairy legs wearing fancy red stilettos, prosthetic legs playing soccer, black legs in pink ballet slippers, and fishnet-stockinged legs in punk-rock platform boots — it shows the multifarious world in all its glory.

— R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder, for The New York Time's Book Review