Big Boys Cry by Charlotte Moncrieff #Review #Children’s #BlogTour
Title: Big Boys Cry
Author: Charlotte Moncrieff
Illustrator: Helena Maxwell
Release Date: 30th July 2019
Page Count: 32 pages
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
It’s Billy’s seventh birthday and no one is more excited than he is to finally be a big boy! At the park later that day, Billy finds himself in tears after getting hurt in a small accident. When a passing stranger scolds him, telling him that ‘Big Boys don’t cry – only silly ones do’, Billy questions what it means to be a big boy. Thankfully, Mum and Dad and some new friends help Billy understand that crying is normal and that everyone does it, including some of Billy’s favourite and most admired members of his family.
For many boys today, there is a fear that expressing emotion is seen as a sign of weakness. This only becomes more evident as they move from boyhood into adolescence.
This book helps parents frame emotions in a positive light, normalising the idea that all boys cry, whether they are seven years old, in the armed forces, a fireman or a father – all big boys cry, it does not make them silly!
What a great story this is, so reassuring and inspirational for boys who often worry about showing their emotions and especially crying when hurt. It is appealingly illustrated and easy to relate to. It demonstrates through discussions of family members that it really is okay for anyone to cry citing examples of when this may happen, for example when they are physically hurt, very happy or sad, and shows that it doesn’t matter how old you are, it is still okay for boys to cry.
This is a brilliant way to challenge the stereotypical response that “Big boys don’t cry.” As a parent or teacher I think this book could help boys (and girls) to realise that it is okay to not be okay and that crying is normal, whatever your age, gender or role and happens for a variety of reasons. With all the concerns regarding mental health it also demonstrates that it is right to discuss how you are feeling and to ask for help when you need it, rather than bottling up emotions.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book and hope it will help many children realise that it really is okay for anyone to cry. The copy I have is a hardback and very well made, I hope copies of it will find there way into primary school libraries and classrooms everywhere and be shared with children to help get this important message across to everyone and not just boys!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47465940-big-boys-cry
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Boys-Cry-Charlotte-Moncrieff/dp/1913136116
Charlotte Moncrieff (27) is an ambassador for MQ Mental Health Research Charity and is based in London (Brixton). With a man taking his life every two hours in Britain, Charlotte is motivated to start the conversation about males and their emotions even earlier and is a big believer in prevention over cure. Charlotte is also the founder of the Twenty Mile Club, an online platform that seeks to inspire savvy twenty-something’s through entrepreneurship and passion projects.
Helena Maxwell (26) is an illustrator and artist who is passionate about spreading mental health awareness. Helena has worked with Charlotte to produce the visuals for Big Boys Cry and hopes to show the next generation of males and females that it is OK to express emotion regardless of gender. Helena has previously worked for clients such as The Sunday Times, Elbow Productions and Shortbook Publishers.
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