The telling of I Am Perfectly Designed is unique but the “you are perfect as you” story-line has been done before. Therefore, this story is not “fresh” just a new story in the sea of self-esteem for children books.
Father and son team Karamo Brown and Jason “Rachel” Brown created a book about a father and son and how the father instills being independent and self-love onto his son. The way the story is on the page can be slightly awkward. It is a back and forth dialogue between the two. But instead of making it obvious, such as “Dad said” or “I am saying to you son” there are two different colors that block out who is speaking. Sometimes this breaks the flow of the story, it could take a page or two to get into the swing of the pace and at times the text can blend into the illustrations/background.
And while Anoosha Syed created some fun and bright illustrations that are peppered with different types of vibrate colors, religions and sexualities, they are too polished. They are too bright and sometimes they overwhelmed the story.
This book is about diversity: the authors are black, the illustrator showed people of all colors, you can see different religious due to the dress of people, even a variety of ages and Karamo Brown is an openly gay man. It promotes self-esteem in a child (even though the babies head was “odd shape” it fit him perfectly, the child is perfectly fit for the world around him whatever the time around him his). What I was disappointed in, but not surprised, was there really were not a lot of different shapes of people.
Read I Am Perfectly Designed, decide what you think, and I hope that you are less underwhelmed than sadly I was.