Picture Book Review: Alex and Alex

Alex and Alex by Ziggy Hanaor

Alex and Alex
by Ziggy Hanaor, Ben Javens (Illustrator)

2 out of 5 stars

Alex and Alex are two genderless friends, who enjoy various activities. But when their preferences differ, they become angry with each other. Alex likes to eat burgers, while Alex is a vegetarian. Can they resolve their differences and accept each other?

I’m not sure what the overall message is in this book. I like the positive message about accepting that your friends are different from you, and that everyone is allowed to like different things and eat different things. But I don’t like the weird genderless concept. If one Alex were a girl, and the other one was a boy, then it would be cute. But the book is very pointed in not assigning a gender to either one. So it’s just confusing and weird. The blurb on the back of the book even says “Alex is not a boy, and Alex is not a girl.” What does that even mean?! This story is just strange.

I liked the cute illustrations. The art work is bright and minimalistic. Each page is attractive and draws your attention!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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