Each night just after bath time and before bed we are treated to a “show”, and I have to say my little girl is very much all about the “pretty dresses” and dancing while my son largely chucks himself around playing air guitar and roaring like a dragon. What a way to wind down before bed 😳
In We’ve Got Talent by Hannah Whitty and Paula Bowles, our two little protagonists quite rightly refuse to stay in the very much gender-stereotyped boxes they’ve been placed in at school.
Olivia and Sam are both auditioning for the school play. There’s a part for a dancing princess and one for a fearless knight – what could possibly go wrong?! Well, as it turns out, quite a lot actually.
When they both feel as though they’ve been cast in the wrong roles, they decide to take matters into their own hands. And vastly improve the play while they’re at it!
This is a lovely, gentle story about listening to your heart, being true to yourself, and busting those gender stereotypes. I love Paula Bowles’ bright and detailed illustrations (complete with a little nod to Superkitty, another fab book by this paring, if you can spot it!), as well as the rainbow theme, which is a fitting reference to the rainbow flag and LGBTQ+ pride.
When I first read this book I totally thought I’d predicted how it was all going to pan out, but actually, the real ending was so much better than the ending I expected – and this is why I review books and don’t write them 😂
With thanks to Paula Bowles for kindly sending me a copy to review. We’ve Got Talent is published by Simon Kids and is available to buy now!