Groundwood Books

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Written by Christine Baldacchino • Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published 2014--0-4- | ISBN 9781554983506
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

Cover of Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Regular price $16.95 CAD

32 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Christine Baldacchino • Isabelle Malenfant

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses.

One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.

Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.

With warm, dreamy illustrations Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

About the Creators

Christine Baldacchino

Christine Baldacchino is a graphic artist and web designer with a background in early childhood education. She lives with her husband in Toronto. She likes cats and the colour orange. This is her first book.

Isabelle Malenfant

Isabelle Malenfant has illustrated more than a dozen children’s books. Her illustration style mixes mediums such as watercolor, pastel and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. She lives with her family in Montreal.

Awards and Praise
[A] wonderfully moving and enriching picture book. Morris is a relateable character whom many readers will find both sympathetic and familiar.
  • Commended Stonewall Honor Books in Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2015
  • Short-listed Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, 2015
  • Commended Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 2015
  • Commended American Library Association Rainbow List, 2015
  • Commended Kirkus Best Picture Books Celebrating Diversity, 2014
  • Short-listed TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2015
  • Commended Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2014
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year for Young People, 2014
  • Commended Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2014
  • Short-listed Blue Spruce Award, 2015