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A Costume for Charly

A Costume for Charly

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Trick-or-treat! Non-binary Charly must think outside the box to create the perfect Halloween costume: one that represents both their feminine and masculine sides.

Halloween is always tricky for Charly, and this year they are determined to find a costume that showcases both the feminine and masculine halves of their identity. Digging through their costume box, they explore many fun costumes. Some are masc. Some are femme. Some are neither. But all are lacking. As trick-or-treating looms, they must think outside the box to find the perfect costume--something that will allow them to present as one hundred percent Charly.


"Charly's joyous creativity and persistence will encourage trick-or-readers to think outside of the box this Halloween."

School Library Journal

"...Charly musters some ingenuity worthy of Project Runway. In Malone's earnest prose, there is never any doubt in this protagonist, who does whatever it takes to feel "one hundred percent Charly.""

Publishers Weekly

The detailed illustrations contrast bold reds with moody blues, depicting Charly's frustration, creativity, and ultimate joy in their search for the perfect ensemble. In the end, Charly discovers that just because they are wearing a costume doesn't mean they can't still be themselves.

Foreword Reviews

Cartoony illustrations capture Charly's determination to find the right costume, and the way wearing it ultimately makes them feel 'joyfully jazzed' and 'harmoniously hopeful.'

Horn Book Magazine

"This story about a queer kid finding their own solution to a problem--and the problem not being their identity or people's reaction to it--is upbeat and welcome."


Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506484051
  • eBook ISBN 9781506484068
  • Age Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 9.25 x 10.75
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date September 6, 2022