This has got to be one of the worst books I ever read. Maybe it…
This book came to me from the other side of the world (for me at least), Australia to be exact. I came across the page where this book was being sold and I just knew I had to have it. Check out the site here if you want your own copy.
The book is written by Samuel Leighton-Dore and illustrated by Lucy Adelaide. Samuel lives in Sydney, Australia and has made some name as a writer, director and all out creative person. As far as I know this is his first children’s book.
I Think I’m A Poof tells the story of Johnny, a little boy with a very big secret. He thinks he is gay and is worried what his dad and the rest of the world will think of him when they find out. So one night he wakes up his dad in the middle of the night and shares his story. And then little Johnny discovers that his dad is much more understanding than he thought and he has nothing to worry about. Johnny’s father does his best to tell him what to do and what he needs to do.
Now I know this book is far different from whatever I read normally, but I just loved it !! I could so relate to little Johnny and his worries in the middle of the night. I used to be just like that and keep myself awake all night thinking about all kinds of things. This book could serve very well to tell children about what it means to be gay and that it is very normal to feel that way. And parents will understand much more than you would think.
In Samuels own words: “With tongue firmly in cheek, this book is about shifting the perceptions of normalcy in modern day families. It’s about giving the next generation of poofs, fags, queens, trannies and dykes permission to be themselves, unapologetically.”
One dollar of every copy sold will be donated to QLife, an Australian organization to help and aid LGBTI people in Australia in any way possible. Visit their site here for more information about the important work that they do.
Find Samuels personal page here or contact him on Twitter at @SamLeigthonDore He will respond to your tweets, I can personally vouch for that.
In order to promote this book even more, a short film was made. In it three Australian dads with gay sons are reading the book and telling about their personal feelings about the situation. A very impressive clip for sure.