Review: The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Title: The Black Flamingo

Author: Dean Atta

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

The Blurb

This is not about being ready, it’s not even about being fierce, or fearless, IT’S ABOUT BEING FREE.

Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels.

One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight.

He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours …

Can he emerge as The Black Flamingo?


The Review

The Black Flamingo is a really lovely and engaging story about figuring out who you are. It is the coming of age story of Michael who we watch from early childhood coming to understand who he is: a young gay black man.

Some of those adjectives seem like they shouldn’t be focused on however they are important in the telling of his story. It is how he is perceived as being both black and also as being gay. Not just how society sees him but also how he sees himself.

The Black Flamingo is a gorgeous story told totally through verse. You become captivated by the story telling but also by the beautiful illustrations that accompany the story.

This is definitely a book for those who have struggled to come to terms with an aspect of their lives. It helps create empathy and understanding.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta is available now.

For more information regarding Dean Atta (@DeanAtta) please visit his Twitter page.


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