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Friday 23 October 2020

Review: Auntie Uncle Drag Queen Hero

This visionary story by Australian author Ellie Royce showcases the world of drag queens with the message that it is ok to allow your true self to shine through.

The story is presented from his nephew’s perspective and observations. Uncle Leo is an accountant who works in the city and helps check his nephew’s maths homework.

On weekends Leo transforms into Auntie Lotta who sings and dances with her friends.

During Mardi Gras, Auntie Lotta is in the parade with her friends, when she spots a puppy break free to join the parade. Nobody else sees the puppy in danger of being run over, except Auntie Lotta who saves the puppy and returns him to his owner.

Then everyone sees it; an article appears in the newspaper and the Mayor wants to give Auntie Lotta an award. But Leo is unsure who should accept the award.

Not all of his friends have met Lotta – what a dilemma. That is until his nephew comes up with the idea of dressing up as both Leo and Lotta. Will it work? Are Leo and Lotta brave enough?

The illustrations by Hannah Chambers are as glamorous as Lotta’s outfits. Colourful, fun and enigmatic they leap off the page.

This inspirational story demonstrates acceptance, equality and courage. The courage to be true to yourself and having an Auntie Uncle is truly the best of both worlds.

This has become one of my favourite books and is the perfect introductory story to be read as part of a Drag Queen Storytime.

Title: Auntie Uncle Drag Queen Hero
Author: Ellie Royce
Illustrator: Hannah Chambers
Publisher: POW Kids Books, $28.99  
Publication Date: 28 April 2020
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781576879351
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book