Gavin wants to spread the message that little girls can be anything they want to be and that they should not be pigeon holed by stereotypes or gender expectations.
He says that the idea and “name for this little project of mine came from me continuously insisting that Jade was “Not Just a Princess” despite all of our family and friends telling me that she could be a baby model, or that she was like a little ballerina, or that she was going to break hearts! No one said she was going to win a Nobel Prize, or invent something amazing, or that she could be the President – and when I said she was going to be a Kung Fu Master or a Ninja, these ideas were dismissed out of hand.”
He says “Although I’m not necessarily against the Princess genre, I do think that the stereotype we are unknowingly projecting onto young girls can be very damaging. There might not be hard evidence to back up this feeling but whoever she wants to be, I want my little girl to know I’ve got her back!”
I couldn’t agree more!
And so the Not Just a Princess Books were created.
And they are beautiful. My two have been reading them daily since they got them last month.
The large font is clear and appealing to younger readers and means that Mini-Me can read them by herself and she loves reading them to her little sister. The stories are simple but exciting. Jade finds herself in all sorts of situations and dilemma, and is helped efficiently by her friends, all of whom have skills required to deal with the problem.
They particularly love the book where Maria helps. (I’ve told them she’s named after me, I’m joking of course, but Gavin has named the characters after the strong women he knows.)
The illustrations are beautiful; bright and colourful with realistic images of the characters.
We love these books in our house and wish Gavin and Jade all the best with the their launch.
Oh! And I have a set to give away on my Facebook Page so pop over there to be in with a chance of winning.
The girls were gifted these books by Gavin, but I was under no obligation to share or support his launch. I am happy to support these books.