10,000 Dresses

Marcus Ewert

10,000 Dresses
Seven Stories Press,U.S.
United Kingdom
1 August 2011

10,000 Dresses

Marcus Ewert

Every night, Bailey dreams about magical dresses: dresses made of crystals and rainbows, dresses made of flowers, dresses made of windows…Unfortunately, when Bailey’s awake, no one wants to hear about these beautiful dreams. Quite the contrary: You’re a BOY! Mother and Father tell Bailey. You shouldn’t be thinking about dresses at all. Then Bailey meets Laurel, an older girl who is touched and inspired by Bailey’s imagination and courage. In friendship, the two of them begin making dresses together. And Bailey becomes the girl she always dreamed she’d be! This gorgeous picture book–a modern fairy tale about becoming the person you feel you are inside–will delight people of all ages. I love this book! If I had read it growing up, I might have felt better about my dress-wearing habit. –Isaac Mizrahi Three cheers for Bailey, whose creativity and artistic vision will inspire readers of all ages to celebrate exactly who they are. –Leslea Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies
[A] luminous little book – San Francisco
Probably the most daring book to hit the children’s market since Heather Has Two Mommies – Foreword Magazine
Bailey’s story and Rex Ray’s imaginative illustrations will make this groundbreaking children’s book a big hit at home. It’s an uplifting, trans-positive book about friendship, dreams, and wonder. – CURVE Magazine
Groundbreaking – Bay Area Parent

Delightful…This short and lovely book gives young gender-non-conforming children a fantasy world where their dreams do come true. – Windy City Times

If you are a member of an LGBT family with young children, or the friend or the ally of an LGBT family with young children, or your an friend, family member, or ally who wants to expose your children to what the broad, LGBT community looks like, you need to expose yourself and these children to the picture book 10,000 Dresses. – Pam’s House Blend

Bailey may continue to inspire families in new ways with her bravery and artistic vision. – Bay Windows, New England’s Largest GLBT Newspaper
Bailey is a wonderful creation, but then again so are the dresses she dreams up; the illustrations by Rex Ray have a sleek, artful look. – Edge Boston

Marcus Ewert’s 10,000 Dresses is a joyous book about self-acceptance and identity. It is also the only children’s picture book that features an openly transgender protagonist, and does so with both sensitivity and celebration. – Philadelphia
Gay News
It is a wonderful story that lets you see the world through the eyes of a gender variant child. – Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Newsletter Marcus Ewert co-created the hit animated series, Piki & Poko: Adventures in StarLand, currently being shown on MTV’s LOGO channel. He is writing a memoir about his time with Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. He lives in San Francisco. Rex Ray, a renowned graphic designer and fine artist, has a new retrospective book, Rex Ray: Art + Design, and a gift line available from Chronicle Books. His artwork has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, and elsewhere in the United States. He has gained an international reputation for his innovative graphic design work for many organizations, including Apple, DreamWorks, Sony Music, Rizzoli, Bill Graham Presents, Matador Records, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and City Lights Books.

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