The grandparents and I went on a mini-road trip this last week (check out the vlog post if you’re curious on how that went down) and I decided to forgo the whole I’ll download all the Curious George on my iPad trick and stick to the old-school kid champion distractor: books! Sadly, I only packed 1 book. Near the end of our first leg of the trip I was starting to get slightly sick of re-reading the one board book I remembered to pack; so I picked up a couple when we stopped to get some baby wipes at shoppers (who packs a small number of baby cloth wipes? More importantly, who packs just one book!? Silly mommy).
Any-who, on a whim I picked up the Boss Baby by Marla Frazee who is a two-time Caldecott Honor medalist…but not for this book. I’ll admit I picked this book up because Veronica is beginning to exhibit boss-like behaviour….she’s approaching two, enough said. So I made the choice mainly on the title. My dad read this book to her for the first time in nawat and I am not sure on how the gendering of this book translates but when read in English the massively male-gendered centric story is HARD TO MISS. At first, it made me extremely uncomfortable to read this to the little miss since her person is completely left out of the story but I kept on reading. Upon the second reading (cause you know on car trips you’re not going to read a book once) I changed the gender and it still flowed nicely. And I feel like baby’s are pretty gender neutral (even in suits) that I could get away with changing the gender of the book. I also have to admit, it makes me a little too happy to see a comparison of a fat-middle aged man to a baby. It gives me the giggles actually.
I do think that if I was taking my time (as I usually do when buying books) I would’ve left this one on the bookshelf since the number of times you say he/ him is kinda insane. But with a few tweaking the book scrapes by with a feminist pass. If you’re unwilling to change the gender then leave it on the shelf. If you’re willing to laugh at the corporate world and see it compared to babyhood, then go for it.