Picture book retrospective – I’m a Parsnip!

For the next few weeks I’m doing a retrospective of my picture books. Third up isĀ I’m a Parsnip!, a light-hearted look at the transgender experience.
Penny the carrot realises that actually she’s a parsnip. She has to explain this to her family and friends, then apply for a procedure to get herself changed. The process turns out to be long, bureaucratic and frustrating.
The book’s based on the experiences of a close relative of mine. Essentially it’s about someone trying to be true to themself. Transgender readers themselves seem to like it, so I’m quite proud of it. My favourite pictures are the ones of Penny’s dad receiving the shocking news, and of Penny herself after her successful procedure.

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