|What Riley wore|
Author: Arnold, Elana K.
Gender-creative Riley knows just what to wear for every occasion during a busy week with family and friends.
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/07/19)
The Hornbook (00/11/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 08/01/2019 Riley’s a creative kid who loves to mix up their wardrobe. Each day of the week, Riley decides to wear something unexpected, like a bunny costume on the first day of school, outer space pajamas for a lesson on the planets, or a ballgown to dinner. Riley has a perfectly good reason for choosing each day’s outfit (a superhero cape for a nerve-wracking visit to the dentist, for instance, because “Riley wanted to be brave”), and through it all, adventurous Riley gets plenty of support from parents, adults, and other children, most of whom are delighted by Riley’s choices. One question at the end—“are you a girl or a boy?”—is the only mention of gender, and Riley’s answer, “Today I’m a firefighter. And a dancer. And a monster hunter. And a pilot. And a dinosaur,” is good enough for everyone. Arnold playfully addresses identity, and Riley’s recurring thoughts about how to make friends should resonate with a wide array of kids. Bold artwork in bright colors and cartoonishly rounded figures gives this amiable picture book even more appeal. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.