Pansy Boy

Suggested age 7 +


Author: Paul Harfleet
ISBN: 9781909954243
Date Published: 15 Aug 2017

Shortlisted for The Polari Prize 2018

‘Beautifully illustrated.’ – The Guardian

‘Heartfelt and Powerful’ –Rachel Holmes, Chair of the Judges, the Polari Prize

Pansy Boy is a stunningly beautiful book that takes on the issue of bullying and lets a child feel proud of being different. In a rhyming poem, the story comes to life in vivid graphic art.

Out in the natural world, a boy is in love with its beauty. Birds in flight amaze him. School beckons at the end of summer. Bullies attack him. How can he defend himself?

The boy takes strength from the flowers he loves. Where bullies pinned his life with their hate, he plants a pansy. The power of his actions empowers his school to value what is delicate and different.

An imaginative autobiography brought to life in a rhyming poem with stunning graphics that children will love returning to again and again. The book comes complete with a field guide to the flowers and birds contained in its pages.

Barbican Press

Dimensions17.1 × 1.2 × 31.7 cm

Barbican Press


Age 7 – 9, Age 9 – 12, Age 12 – 14




“Beautiful, heartfelt, uplifting … Pansy Boy is a story of childhood innocence told through stunningly detailed illustration.”
Kames Wong, Botanist
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