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Patrick's Polka-Dot Tights
Patrick's Polka-Dot Tights
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Capstone Editions

Patrick's Polka-Dot Tights

Patrick’s tights are smooth and stretchy, purple and polka-dotty, and absolutely perfect for pretend play. But Patrick’s tights aren’t his at all. They belong to his sister, Penelope, who does NOT deserve them. Author Kristen McCurry proves that a pair of tights and a little imagination can provide endless fun in this charming picture book about a boy’s creativity.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level5-7 Years
Reading LevelGrades K-2
GenreRealistic Fiction
SubjectHobbies & Crafts
Trim Size10 x 8
Page Count32



Star Tribune - Laurie Hertzel

"Minnesota writer McCurry keeps this story simple and fun, without preaching or labeling. Haley's primary color digital illustrations are expressive and lively." - Star Tribune

May 14, 2021

Horn Book Magazine - Kitty Flynn

"The cartoonlike illustrations, featuring an energetic boy with curly orange hair, amplify emotions in the child-centered text. . . . Featuring realistic sibling dynamics and parents who model nonchalant support without editorializing, this book affirms kids’ creative expression and imaginative play." - Horn Book Magazine

May 1, 2021


"Readers should appreciate this story about a gender creative boy that doesn’t involve anyone questioning or harassing him for his gender creativity." - Mombian

February 1, 2021


School Library Journal - John Scott, Friends Sch. of Baltimore

"Patrick, who is white, loves his polka dot tights. With his imagination the possibilities for their use go from the mundane (keeping his toes warm) to the highly creative (his strut down the catwalk/dining room table). . . . There is prancing, dancing, strutting, and confidence in every colorful page that accompanies the engaging text. A solidly positive purchase. While not focusing on gender or identity issues specifically, this affirming story embraces many forms of self-expression and play." - School Library Journal

February 2, 2021

Publishers Weekly

"Haley’s expressive digital illustrations emphasize different textures and patterns throughout, making Patrick’s emotions, and love of colorful stockings, immediate for young readers. McCurry joyfully celebrates one child’s carefree clothing creativity while modeling a supportive family alongside realistic sibling interactions." - Publishers Weekly

November 25, 2020

Kirkus Reviews

"This book succeeds in showing a White family accepting a child who freely explores clothes and games despite gender stereotypes, without bullying or conflict. . . . This book works as positive representation of a gender-nonconforming boy without violence and is also a realistic look at a sibling relationship. A useful story with an unusually light touch on the topics explored." - Kirkus Reviews

December 1, 2020

Kristen McCurry

Kristen McCurry

Kristen McCurry is an Iowa-born children’s writer and editor who lived in lots of places before settling in Minnesota. She loves reading, whacking tennis balls, and hanging out with her family, which includes her husband, teenage twins, and a sneaky beagle named ZuZu.

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