Overdose de rose

(Pink overdose) Book not yet available in English


When Mrs Thingamijig finally gives birth to a baby girl, who is bound to be gentle, calm, obedient, kind, sweet, and a darling little cutie-pie, the name Rose is suggested. Rose grows up, pretty as a picture with her hair always neatly styled. She looks like a little doll. But woe betide anyone who forgets Rose has a mind of her own and that pink can easily become angry red, or any other colour! And when Rose rebels, look out!


A very cheery picture book tackling the stereotypical image of girls. Rose’s parents believe she is sweet, obedient, and kind, everything around her must be pink, and she has to be wrapped in cotton wool. But Rose wants to make her own mind up, stuff her face, get dirty, and play outside. After Rose paints her parents’ belongings, they finally realise she doesn’t match the image of the perfect little pink girl they had in mind and accept her for what she is. The book handles colours symbolically by dividing pink from blue. In the end, Rose has a blue bicycle and a blue dress and her father has kept the slippers she painted pink. It would have been nice if the last double spread were “multi-coloured,” just as Rose’s new life is described by the text.

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

Author(s): Joly, Fanny

Illustrator(s): Barcilon, Marianne

Publisher: Sarbacane

City: Paris

Year: 2017

Pages: 32

ISBN: 9782377310142

Age Range: 3 - 5

Language: FR

Original Language: FR

Keywords: Colours, Empowerment, Identity

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