Mehdi met du rouge à lèvres

(Mehdi wears lipstick) Book not yet available in English


Mehdi met du rouge à lèvres (“Mehdi wears lipstick”) is a collection of poems about a boy called Mehdi who likes to dress up in girl’s clothes, put on makeup, and play with Barbies. His friends, especially the boys, often shun him. But sometimes they do things that Mehdi can do too.


Opinions are divided on this latest work in the series, both in terms of text and illustrations. It is a portrait of the attitudes, emotions, and words, of a boy who bothers people by behaving like a girl, and while he doesn’t deliberately set out to upset anyone, he calmly steers his own ship, ignoring the teasing and the rude names – and there are plenty of them! Some readers find the text sensitive and the illustrations inventive, while others see the book as superficial, even stereotypical, cold and insipid, while recognising that it was done with the best of intentions. [2006, Françoise Ballanger, published in La Revue des livres pour enfants]

Edited by: University Library "Livres au Trésor" and the Research Centre "Pléiade" of the University of Paris 13 (France)

Author(s): Dumortier, David

Illustrator(s): Mellinette, Martine

Series: Poèmes pour grandir

Publisher: Cheyne

City: Devesset

Year: 2006

Pages: 43

ISBN: 9782841161102

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: FR

Original Language: FR

Keywords: LGBTQ+, Respect, Self-acceptance

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