earlhofert asked: Ooo! I want to play the book rec game again because you knocked it out of the park a couple years ago with presents for my nephew's. So here goes: 13-year-old who loves Rush (I'm working on correcting this), 9-year-old who loves "Rocky" and "Star Wars", and 3 and 1 year old girls who I want to instill with subversive feminist propaganda at an early age.
So I was going to recommend Fat Kid Rules the World for the 13 year old because that’s my favorite rock and roll novel but apparently they made it into a movie that is currently in theatres? S0 … chances are that he’s already read it or seen the movie if he’s interested. (Ugh - now I’m worried. I don’t see how they can put so much nuance and heart into a little 2 hour movie? But it got decent reviews! But did it get decent reviews from fans of the book?)
I also love Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie if you don’t mind an amazing book that will make you cry. In a good way.
Oh oh OH! What about My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T Jeschonek? It’s like Rock and Roll story meets chaos theory meets a hint of hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. A ton of fun.
As for the 9 year old - have you tried the newish Clone Wars Decide your Destiny books? They’re choose your own adventure Star Wars! And what 9 year old doesn’t love choose your own adventure?
He might also like The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Angleberger (if he hasn’t read it already - this is an awesome book but tragically teachers have caught on to that and are making their kids read it) or Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow which is hysterical and great. The jackass publishers whitewashed the cover but you can’t blame Jacob Wonderbar for that. Just his publishers.
Oh, goodness - feminist propaganda for a 1 year old? Sadly I have yet to see Gender Trouble as a board book … so here’s what I can do. Since Feminism is all about acceptance, maybe try Mommy, Mama, and Me or Daddy, Papa, and Me? She’s a bit young for Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots which is all about how little girls can do whatever they want. Baby Dance is one of my favorite books for lapsit because there is so much movement and happiness in it. Bonus feminism points - it shows a father taking an active roll in caretaking for the child and it is a very positive depiction of a black father - two things that are sadly lacking in the picture book department.
There are probably more great feminist board books and I will come up with more if none of these work for you!