A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows it takes hard work and practice to prepare for competition and meet a goal.
Do things your own way, even if people think you're weird. Work hard and practice to get better. Ask for help when you need it. Even if you make a mistake, even if you tumble, you can recover.
Positive Role Models
Peanut is positive, confident, enthusiastic, works hard to achieve a goal. Peanut's parents and brother are supportive, positive. In terms of representation, the use of pronoun "they" underlines Peanut's nonbinary identity. And pear-shaped Peanut models a positive body image, performing a routine with confidence, athleticism, grace.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Peanut Goes for the Goal is by Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert on the TV show Queer Eye, with cartoon-like illustrations by Gillian Reid. It tells the story of an adorable hamster named Peanut, who decides to be a rhythmic gymnast, practices hard, has the loving support of family, and competes in a big competition. It's cute, lively, and upbeat. The author uses the pronoun "they" when referring to Peanut. Nonbinary kids will recognize themselves in the book, and parents can use the book as an opportunity to talk about gender expansiveness. Kids who don't notice the "they" language may just get wrapped up in the fun story about a self-motivated kid training for a big competition. It's also an appealing model of body positivity, with pear-shaped Peanut confident, graceful, and athletic in a sparkly red leotard.
Is It Any Good?
This upbeat story shows a kid hamster driven to achieve greatness, willing to work hard to get there, and appreciating the help of loved ones along the way. Peanut Goes for the Gold is a super-positive story that highlights nonbinary gender identity by the use of the pronoun "they" in references to Peanut. Peanut's enthusiasm, determination, and pure joy is inspiring, and Gillian Reid's illustrations capture Peanut's exuberant spirit. It's a fresh take on the know-who-you-are and follow-your-dream themes that's downright irresistible.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.