Fred Gets Dressed


By Peter Brown

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From a New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott-honor winning artist comes an exuberant illustrated story about playing dress up, having fun, and feeling free.

The boy loves to be naked. He romps around his house naked and wild and free. Until he romps into his parents’ closet and is inspired to get dressed. First he tries on his dad’s clothes, but they don’t fit well. Then he tries on his mom’s clothes, and wow! The boy looks great. He looks through his mom’s jewelry and makeup and tries that on, too. When he’s discovered by his mother and father, the whole family (including the dog!) get in on the fun, and they all get dressed together.This charming and humorous story was inspired by bestselling and award-winning author Peter Brown’s own childhood, and highlights nontraditional gender roles and self-expression.


  • * "[Peter] Brown's picture books are consistent bestsellers and critically acclaimed. Expect readers to go wild for his robot-themed novel."
    Booklist, starred review
  • Praise for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild:A New York Times BestsellerAn Amazon Best Children's Book of the YearAn ALSC Notable Children's BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA School Library Journal Best Book of the YearA Horn Book FanfareA Booklist Editors' ChoiceA Kirkus Best Children's Book of the YearABoston Globe-Horn Book Awards Picture Book Winner
  • *"This is a book made for storytime, with its bold mixed-media illustrations that work almost like a storyboard moving left to right... The happy ending, almost a reverse of Where the Wild Things Are, includes everyone discovering the fun of being at least a little bit wild."
    The Horn Book, starred review
  • *"There's a lot to go wild for in this picture-book celebration of individuality and self-expression... Hooray for Mr. Tiger and his wild ways."
    Kirkus, starred review
  • *"Readers who prefer the view from underneath the dinner table will find a kindred soul in Brown's brightly burning character who knows that the wilderness is always waiting, should the need arise."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • *"This 'it's okay to be different' story stands out from other picture books on the topic thanks to Brown's delightfully clever illustrations and masterful compositions...Sure to be an instant read-aloud classic in classrooms and libraries."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • *"With its skewed humor and untamed spirit this joyous exploration of quasi-reverse anthropomorphism will delight listeners again and again."
    Booklist, starred review
  • "Peter Brown depicts his hero as a bright pop of orange...gleefully escaping to a Rousseau-like tableau of dense ferns, soaring palms and cascading waterfalls."
    New York Times Book Review
  • Praise for My Teacher is a Monster:*"This playful, eye-catching story goes a long way to humanize both teachers and students."
    Booklist, starred review
  • *"Brown, imagining Ms. Kirby from a child's perspective, handles her transformation smoothly, prompting readers to revisit earlier pages. Comic traces of monstrosity linger in Ms Kirby (she still goes green at classroom clowning) yet Brown makes it clear that teachers are people too-even the "mean" ones."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "Here's hoping readers who are similarly challenged in the behavior department will get both messages: Teachers are people, and they give back what they get."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "The clever, texturized illustrations, concise text, comical storyline, and sweet sentiment make this a near-perfect storytime choice for young children."
    Library Media Connection, starred review
  • "[A] story that students and teachers will enjoy equally."
    The Horn Book
  • "Bobby's rascally charm will win the hearts of readers."
    School Library Journal
  • Praise for The Curious Garden:
    New York Times
    Children's Choice Award: Illustrator of the YearE. B. White Read Aloud Award Winner
  • "A quietly marvelous picture book... Echoing the themes of The Secret Garden, it is an ecological fable, a whimsical tale celebrating perseverance and creativity."
    New York Times
  • * "A quiet but stirring fable of urban renewal, sure to capture imaginations."
    Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • * "The art is spectacular and the book might inspire children to engage in small projects to improve their own neighborhoods."
    School Library Journal, starred review
  • HilariousThis exuberant tale by Caldecott Honor-winner and best-selling author Brown contains important messages about nontraditional gender roles, parental acceptance, and the value of personal expression.”
    Boston Globe

On Sale
May 4, 2021
Page Count
48 pages

Peter Brown

Peter Brown

About the Author

Peter Brown is the author and illustrator of many bestselling children's books, including The Wild Robot Trilogy, Children Make Terrible Pets and The Curious Garden. He is the recipient of a Caldecott Honor for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award, and a Children's Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year. Peter's website is
Dr. Britt Crow Miller is a naturalist, political ecologist, environmental educator, hiker, forager, beekeeper, and writer. Britt is on the faculty in the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Earth, Geographic and Climate Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to teaching and mentoring, Britt is also Director of the Sustainability Science graduate program at UMass. Her academic research is focused on political ecology, water politics, sustainability education, and global development. In 2018, Britt founded CityWild, a nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring curiosity about nature through fun, exploration, and hands on learning for kids and families. When she's not writing academically, Britt writes both fiction and science based non fiction books for children. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her partner and three children. You can connect with her online at

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