Tough Guys Have Feelings Too
Did you know wrestlers have feelings? And knights. Even superheroes and ninjas feel sad sometimes. In fact everyone has feelings--especially dads who love their children
Children will love recognizing their feelings in Keith Negley's bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read-aloud narrative.
Parents can joyfully engage with children in a lighthearted discussion about emotions and how they affect us all
A simple, stylishly illustrated picture book  This appealing book makes the timely decision to hold the conversation about male emotions while everyone involved is in costume, performing some iconically macho role."New York Times" The title says it all. These tough guys are rendered in simple lines and shapes and colored in black and white, red, blue, and yellow, but they represent a broad range of virility. [...] Negley s debut is nonetheless sincere."Kirkus Reviews" In this oddly touching ode to male sensitivity, Negley shows that the toughest, coolest, and most heroic of men sometimes cryand that s okay.  Negley cleverly depicts a range of emotions, validating that not only does everyone have feelings but it is perfectly fine to express them. Rather than try to teach kids what emotions are, this book focuses on emotional health in a unique and eye-catching way."Booklist" A short and straightforward story that challenges the traditional notion that men shouldn't express their emotions."School Library Journal" Bold and graphic, Negley s gorgeous picture book gives kids the opportunity to reflect on the normalcy of emotions, giving little readers (and their parents) the chance to take heart having feelings, even sad ones, doesn t mean you aren t as brave or tough as a superhero."National Post" This is without doubt, the perfect book to get children to open up about their feelings and emotions. [...] With bold and bright images this will appeal to any audience, but it will undoubtedly catch the eye of a younger age group."Picture Books Blogger" [Tough Guys Have Feelings Too] teaches little boys that they don t have to feel like Superman all the time. [...] this book may actually go a long way towards dismantling rigid gender roles. For both men and women, crying can be considered a sign of weakness or hysteria forcing them to repress this very natural emotional response. But Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) wants to put an end to that right now. This is the crying revolution, and it looks like the next generation might actually grow up knowing it s OK to have a good cry when you need."Bustle""
Keith Negley is an award-winning editorial illustrator with a penchant for emotionally driven illustration. He's been published in a wide range of major newspapers and national magazines, and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and New Yorker. He lives in the mountains of Bellingham Washington surrounded by rain forests and giant spiders.