Riley Reynolds Crushes Costume Day
Jay Albee (Author)
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Stone Arch Books
August 01, 2022
4.9 X 7.3 X 0.2 inches | 0.22 pounds
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About the Author
Jay Albee is the joint pen name for a LGBTQ+ couple named Jen Breach and J. Anthony. Between them they've done lots of jobs: archaeologist, illustrator, ticket taker, and bagel baker, but now they write and draw all day long in their rowhouse home in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nonbinary, using they/them/their pronouns, Riley Reynolds is the star of a gentle new early chapter book series. The book opens with a comic book-style intro to Riley, as well as a glossary of terms such as nonbinary, cisgender, and queer. These descriptions are written at a higher reading level than the rest of the book. The plot consists of Riley helping their classmates find the perfect costumes for dress-up day. There is a brief discussion about whether or not girls can be knights. The students are kind and collaborative. Illustrations are frequent, and comic book-style interludes occur between chapters. Discussion questions and writing prompts are included in the back matter, making this a great book for classroom discussions. In the end, everyone finds the perfect costume. VERDICT An essential addition to early chapter book collections.--Chance Lee Joyner "School Library Journal"