POINTS: 3 out of 10.
Bechdel: 0 point
Variety of characters: 0 points
Good story: 2 points
Discretionary ideological points: 1 point
Despite its low score, this book is actually extremely charming.
As with many children’s books, the focus is firmly on the protagonist, so no other conversations happen really, so it can’t pass Bechdel. Harry does have an older sister, Sam, who gets a fair amount of pagetime, but that’s the extent of it. There also isn’t a single person to be seen in the world of Harry who isn’t a white Angle-Saxon type. Soooo no diversity here.
Still, the story is really pretty cute, and it is one of those tales that has gentle nods to the reading adult. Any parent knows what it is like when your kid gets attached to a particular toy. In this case it is a bucketful of dinosaurs instead of the usual cuddly bunny type toy, but Harry is no less attached. The illustrations sometimes show them as simply plastic dinosaurs, but more frequently show them as living, curious, real dinosaurs – they are sure real for Harry! It kind of captures how real these things can be for kids.
C thought it was very cute and gave it full marks! I guess he recognises something in (very imaginative) Harry. 😉
Despite the low score, I have no hesitation in saying you should read this one. It’s really pretty great.