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Alex and Alex

Alex and Alex

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A simple, engaging story introducing ideas of non-binary identities, tolerance and acceptance to very young readers, from the writer of the critically acclaimed picture book, The Pocket Chaotic.

''Alex and Alex is brilliant in its simplicity. I can't recommend it highly enough!''
-- Picture Book Perfect

''What a wonderful book that I think every child making their first steps socially should have read to them''. -- The Great British Bookworm

''The lack of gender and deliberate avoidance of stereotypes makes this a useful book to help children think more about what allows people to get along and like each other''. -- School Reading List

''Definitely the best book I have come across that sensitively discusses the concept of being non-binary without preaching or taking away from the playful plot for children''.-- The Value's Bookshelf

Alex and Alex have lots of things in common. They love playing, and dressing up and building things. They also are very different to one another; Alex is very messy and Alex is very tidy, Alex likes running and kicking a ball and Alex likes reading and dreaming. After a trip to the museum goes a little bit awry, Alex and Alex have some cooling off time. But they always make up because Alex really really really really really really REALLY.... likes Alex!

This is a book for very young readers introducing ideas of tolerance and friendship in a completely non-gendered way. Neither character is identified as a boy or a girl, and the activities that each one enjoys is a mix of traditional 'boy' and 'girl' things Aimed at children who are just at the cusp of gender awareness and role-play, it provides a much needed counter-balance to more traditional, binary pre-school literature. Boldly illustrated by Ben Javen

Author: Ziggy Hanaor
Publisher: Cicada Books
Published: 04/05/2022
Pages: 32
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 10.60h x 8.50w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781800660113
Audience: Ages 4-8

About the Author
Ziggy Hanaor is an editor and writer living in London. Her previous books include Fly Flies (Cicada, 2019) and The Pocket Chaotic (Cicada, 2020). Ben Javens is an illustrator and designer whose drawings have been featured in The New York Times, School of Life, Anorak and The Guardian as well as on products by Hugo Boss, Warburtons and TOMS. He is the illustrator of Two Can (Francis Lincoln, 2016).

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