Though the author's message may be controversial to some, the charm and authentic positivity in Stina Nielsen's performance neutralize this audiobook's polemical aspects, making it a delight to hear. Her youthful timbre and phrasing are part of the appeal, but she also has a remarkable ear for tone and substance. When the subject matter is grave or cautionary, she can shift into serious mode while staying connected to the optimism that gives her performance and this audio its continuity. Some of the author's strategies are indeed revolutionary--avoidance of gender pronouns and gender-based toy allocation--but that's what makes this audio compelling. In an age of fluid gender roles, it's a wake-up call to reject cultural stereotypes about who boys and girls want to be and how they want to live their lives. T.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2020]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2019
DD ISBN $17.49
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