Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) (Keith Negley)

Hello, friends! Today, we read a book called Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) by Keith Negley, a fantastic story about how everyone is allowed to have and express their emotions.

Superheroes have feelings! So do ninjas, wrestlers, big biker dudes, even daddies. When saving the world, sometimes tough guys feel sad, disappointed, scared, or lonely. Sometimes, they even cry. And that’s okay, because no matter how big or tough someone is, they are allowed to feel all those things, because feelings are something we all share.

I LOVED the message of this book. Feminism and gender equality is always something I am glad to see in children’s books, and while there is a wonderfully growing amount of books that tell little girls that they can be strong, there are only a handful that express to boys that it’s okay for them to be sensitive. This book does so beautifully, with great text and a length that is perfect for any age, and bold, colorful space-age inspired art. Our only complaint is a small illustration of a dead squirrel (a tattooed biker is mourning the roadkill) that might upset some younger readers and/or might raise some heavy questions, but otherwise, this is a great book to show little ones that their emotions are always valid. Baby Bookworm approved!


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