I Love My Colorful Nails by Alicia Acosta and Luis Amavisca, illustrated by Gusti. Translated (from the Spanish) by Ben Dawlatly. NubeOcho, 2019. ISBN 9788417123598
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book/diversity
What did you like about the book? Ben is a little boy who loves painting his nails with different colors of polish. His mom and dad join him in loving the polish, as does his best friend Margarita. When some kids tease him and call him “a girl” because of the polish, he is sad and stops wearing it. Dad starts wearing polish to help him feel better, but it’s not until the end when *spoiler alert!* his whole class wishes Ben happy birthday by each and every child and teacher painting their nails, that he is happy again. I love that Ben’s parents are on board with Ben’s desire to use polish, and that the classmates not only accept him, but join him. Large, happy cartoon-like art in warm colors with simple text make this appealing for young audiences.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I wish there had been some resolution to the problem of the bullying.
To whom would you recommend this book? Pair this with Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love or Sparkle Boy by Lesléa Newman for story time on gender non conformity.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 15, 2019