I Am Perfectly Designed

by Karamo Brown (Author) Anoosha Syed (Illustrator)

I Am Perfectly Designed
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

I Am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix's hit series Queer Eye, and Jason Brown--featuring illustrations by Anoosha Syed.

In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

"With tenderness and wit, this story captures the magic of building strong childhood memories. The Browns and Syed celebrate the special bond between parent and child with joy and flair...Syed's bright, cartoon illustrations enrich the tale with a meaningful message of kindness and inclusion."--Kirkus

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Publishers Weekly

The culture adviser of Queer Eye teams up with one of his sons in a tribute to both the parent-child relationship and the process of growing up. "Perfectly designed" serves as the book's refrain, as the father assures a confident boy that he has all that it takes to explore and succeed in the world, even when the boy gets "mad, or sad, or confused." Told in two voices, the narrative's tone is upbeat and earnest--maybe, at times, a little more so than necessary--but the authors make room for some mild family playfulness. Father and son recall going as waffles and (organic) maple syrup for Halloween, and as readers see a series of family photos arrayed on a table, the son notes, "When I was a baby, I looked just like you.... Only I had no hair, and you had lots. Now," referencing the older Brown's trademark bald pate, "it's the opposite." Illustrations by Syed (Bilal Cooks Daal) have a wide-eyed, Disney animation pep and exude a breezy spirit of inclusivity--the end pages depict the protagonists surrounded by a wide range of happy couples and families (and the rest of the Fab Five). Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—As a boy and his father take a walk through the city, they revisit some of their special experiences together, including dressing up like syrup and waffles for Halloween, and pretending to be statues in the park. The authors create a sense of warmth and wisdom and portray the main characters among other families that have their own worlds of memories and experiences. Syed's charming, colorful cartoon illustrations depict LGBT, Muslim, and multicultural families. This picture book provides young readers with an empowering lesson on the value of individuality and self-love. VERDICT This realistic portrait of modern family life is an excellent addition for any collection. It is highly recommended as a teaching tool for topics related to tolerance, acceptance, and inclusivity.—Angelina Bair, Lakewood Public Library, OH

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Review quotes

"Told in two voices, the narrative's tone is upbeat and earnest... exude[s] a breezy spirit of inclusivity."—Publishers Weekly

"A beautiful narrative of what it means to be connected to the unconditional love of a parent."—Booklist

Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown is a TV personality, producer, and host who fixes hearts and minds as the Culture Expert on Netflix's Emmy-winning series, Queer Eye. He made history in 2004 when he appeared on MTV's The Real World as the first openly gay African American reality TV star. In 2007, Karamo learned he had a nine-year-old biological son, Jason, and gained full custody. He later adopted his son's half-brother, Chris, and left the spotlight to become a social worker before making his return to TV. He lives in Los Angeles with his fiancé and two sons.

Jason "Rachel" Brown is a rising young star in Hollywood who has studied dramatic and comedic acting at the University of California, Los Angeles. He often draws on his own life to entertain and inspire, including his experience connecting with his father, Karamo Brown, at the age of ten. Jason lives in Los Angeles, California.

Anoosha Syed is a Pakistani-Canadian illustrator based in Toronto, who has a passion for creating charming characters with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. She has illustrated picture books, including the recent Bilal Cooks Daal for clients including Random House, Simon & Schuster and Disney Publishing. Anoosha is also a freelance character designer and has worked with Disney Jr and Dreamworks TV.

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Henry Holt & Company
Publication date
November 05, 2019
BISAC categories
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV060000 - Juvenile Fiction | LGBT
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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