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
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. \n
Story doesn’t deliver the message promised
The story is described as loving who you are, as you are—but the text doesn’t deliver that message. This story instead does a wonderful job depicting a strong relationship between a father and a son while sprinkling the title in a few lines (in some places I felt it was a bit cliche)...
A book about loving who you are, exactly as you are is a wonderful concept, but this book needed some more polishing before it carried through with what it promised to deliver to a reader.