Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, andTomboyis the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. Tomboyis a graphic novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu. and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to be a girl.
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Liz Prince has been a comic artist and a self-published author since she was in high school in the mid-90's. In 2005, her book Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? was published by Top Shelf Productions; it won an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Debut. Top Shelf has since published two more of her autobio comic collections, Delayed Replays in 2008, and Alone Forever.
Erin Yuen has recorded over 20 audiobooks and DVDs, including short story collections, romance novels, and children's books. AudioFile Magazine has noted Erin's 'vocal flexibility' and ability 'to create a range of distinct voices.' She teaches undergraduate theatre classes at Siena Heights University, as well as acting classes for their afterschool program. In addition to teaching, Erin performs, directs, and coaches acting students in the southeastern Michigan/northwestern Ohio area. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Michigan. Erin lives with her family in southeastern Michigan.
With imagination and tenacity, Christina Morales Hemenway set out in her early years to be true to her inner artistic voice. As a child she would bribe the neighborhood kids to be in her productions, whether they were dance performances, plays or even a circus. In high school she earned a full scholarship to study with Marcel Marceau. She continued her artistic development at California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Theater. Christina is presently coaching actors and sales professionals and is preparing to direct her next feature film.
Elizabeth Cottle is an actress, singer, and theatre director based in Northwest Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Musical Theatre from Ohio Northern University, where she received an Irene Ryan Nomination. She is a veteran of more than 30 community theatre productions, and and was recognized for Excellence in Acting by the Ohio Community Theatre Association. In addition to her theatre background, Elizabeth has a wide variety of performing experience, from serving as lead vocalist with a jazz orchestra, to filming commercials, to doing improv sketch comedy.
Pete Cross holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Toledo and an MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts. Stage experience includes Alexander in 'Every Good Boy Deserves Favour,' at Carnegie Hall. He has also acted in film, and served on faculty at Cal Arts and with Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood. Pete has coached for film and theatrical productions, and continues to work with private clients all over the world.
Nicholas J. Mondelli is an English student at the University of Toledo and an aspiring author, poet, and artist. He has been on stage for most of his life, at both the education and community level, and has been singing just as long. He's a hobbyist with his fingers in multiple projects of the arts, including music of which he plays three instruments and collaborates with Boston musician Terrance Reeves. His current project is a biography on his grandfather, the late Italian-American Joe Mondelli, which has taken him all across the country and, soon, to Italy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow!!! I love this book so much!! Im 14 years old and im a major tomboy....i shaved my head and slipped into boyscouts. And now im in an all boys school. I guess you could say im transgender. Every activity i do (sports,programs) is all boys. So far im a boy..... i avoid the locker room though! I really hope you will enjoy it!!!! Bc i sure did! I love graphic novels!
In my book, Tomboy a girl named Liz Price has troubles in school because as a girl wearing men's clothes, she gets made fun of by other kids. She does this because she does not like wearing dresses. The main character, Liz, also always has a hat. The main conflict in this book is when Liz goes to a new school, she gets bullied for wearing men's clothes. Although she dresses like a boy, she still goes through the trials of girlhood. In my opinion, the book Tomboy was good. I personally liked it because it doesn't hide the fact that people get bullied for wearing what they like. My main takeaway is that you shouldn't judge people for what they like. You personally may not like it but because this book is a graphic novel. If you're wondering what a graphic novel is, it is like a comic book but it is thicker and there is some inappropriate language for kids. If this doesn't bother you, then you should try reading this book .
Reading this, I could identify with Liz on so many levels. Myself, I was a tomboy. I was the girl hanging with the boys during recess, playing baseball with them or playing with cars in the dirt. I was the one shunned by the girls from about mid-first grade, through 8th grade. I can still remember the hurt I felt, coming back from summer vacation and the boys treating me differently because I was a girl and the girls being complete witches because I wasn't into all that girl stuff. I remember being called a boy, innocently, on a few occasions. This book represents even more to me though. I have a daughter, who is 16. The last time she wore a dress was to a funeral in first grade. As soon as we got home, she promptly took it off and gave it to her sister. As a baby, she was the one with the sturdy squared off shoulders. As a small child, she was the girl who I shopped in the boy section for. Her sister would get a Barbie for a gift and she would get the equivalent in a Ken doll. Pokemon, Avatar, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc, were her go to items. As a teenager, her dress style is very boyish, she likes to wear "tails" on her jeans and she has crushes on boys. When looking at the authors picture, she could definitely be mistaken as sisters with my daughter. Parts of this book have helped me understand my own daughter even more. The author comes across very personable with her drawings and real life happenings. So many boyish girls are assumed to be lesbians that it's so hard for them to accept their own identities and feel good about themselves. I feel that this book should be required reading for all genders and starting in middle school. It's an educational novel that doesn't feel quite like it since there are drawings, but the reader can relate because either they have been in that situation or know of someone who has been. The memoir runs the gamut of feelings. There are funny parts, scary parts, sibling issues, crushes, sexuality and so much more. The author comes deals with everything in such a great way. The graphics are spot on and you can imagine yourself there, in that moment. An easy read, which is great for the demographic age the book is primarily focused on, that of a teenage girl finding her own identity, embracing it and understanding it. I enjoyed the Epilogue too. Parents, this is not a book to be afraid of when I speak of sexuality. The author gives the reader a true sense on how there are pressures, but that you must be true to yourself and not give in to that. I really can't say enough good things about this book, it was a wonderful read and it hit on all the points of being a tomboy throughout life so well. Tomorrow, I'm giving the book to my daughter and I know she will appreciate it and the author will have a new friend from it. Liz Prince, thank you for showing the world the life and feelings of a true tomboy.
Be yourself! Yes, Liz Prince you are a gem! Such a wonderful story about Liz the author and illustrator. Growing up recalling how she wanted nothing more than to dress the way she preferred but the stigma of being a girl and expected to act and dress like one was the problem here. Kids, ahh..... yes those elementary years that causes a child to get mixed signals in their head. Was it really mixed signals? Friend and foes, why do they care how I look? Why can't they see the person inside, not the person on the outside? Or was she trying really hard to get them to see the outside more not the inside? This tale takes you on a journey through her beginnings, wanting no more than to wear boy clothes. Trusty red baseball cap, gray hand-me-down blazer, cool sneakers, totally happy just as long she don't have to wear a dress. Like Liz said, "I was born strong-willed and I was born a tomboy." I couldn't help but laugh at that! So much fun to read and humorous in so much ways. But the ugliness children experience because you are different, no matter what the difference is, kids can be so mean and that meanness create a phobia if you let it. The metaphors, absorb information like a sponge, and repeat it back to the world, "BARF." Ha ha .... hilarious! Liz make friends and a couple of them have issues, here she experience the ridicules that comes with her dress garbs. A boy falls for her but she wants to be only friends and when she falls for a boy she is told he has a girlfriend but falling for a boy doesn't stop here. Liz is maturing and she does not like it, now it's feminine things she has to worry about. Using a T-shirt to hide her body when she swims which of course weighs her down in the water. Moving away meeting new people, here she goes again and again. Bullied because of how she looks, called all kinds of stupid names. She starts to question herself. She persevere even though a bully drew first blood knocking her to the ground where she scraped her knees and hands. This story touched on so many things that only a memoir can tell the tale. Smokes and pill popping Dramamine and the middle finger and the "F" swear word mentioned three or four times, and lesbian, gayness, loser dykes, oh don't forget, "pull down your pants and show me you're a girl." You see all this had to be said in the story to make you understand the ordeal the author went through and I would not have want it any other way. Now with that said, I really enjoyed this story, even though I got really pissed Liz taking the brunt end of it. Her story maybe can transcend the message it's okay to be different, with a 'but' plastered at the end. Liz faced all the trials and tribulations growing up and the way she faced the problem or sometimes it faced her were astounding. The author is a brave one to write down the effect of being a tomboy. Now Liz decided to dress in her dad's sweater vest, blue and red striped tie, blue and gray plaid shirt with a corduroy pants. She did look like a boy though! With all her craziness going on Liz meets Harley, coolest adult ever. Zine enters Liz's life through Harley and from there Liz exploded into the world with her talent in writing and graphic drawing. Now to end my review I found this part in the book so profound, "F _ _ _ girl culture telling me how to be feminine. I don't need to look like a super model to be a girl, and yet I've been told so through societal osmosis that I do. I want to celebrate being a woman, but I'm shown all the ways that I fall short on a never ending basis." Yes, way to go Liz. Yay, still jumping up and down!!!! People judge you no matter what, they can't see what a gem you are inside. I once was judged because I looked poor, what? Words doesn't hurt, well 'WRONG.' You move on but still that little bugger stay's with you. Judgmental people should get a life, they probably don't have one so it's easier to mess around with someone else. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Liz Prince books. AWESOME READ!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you ZestBooks & Liz Prince (author of Tomboy) I received this book to blog & review with ZestBooks. Review from Darlene Cruz