Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) is a considerate, thoughtful new picture book from Keith Negley.
Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) shows that not everything has to be perfect all the time.
Even cowboys, and superheros find it tough.
Even astronauts and boxers have bad days, when things don’t go according to plan.
Keith Negley’s stylish illustrations show a variety of ‘tough guys’ at their most vulnerable. The cowboy falling off his horse, the pirate who can not find the treasure, the astronaut missing his family in space.
With simple text, and the most wonderful illustrations, clearly communicates the message that men have feelings too – they can be sad, upset and lonely. That’s ok.
What a wonderful message to send to our sons – they aren’t expected to live up to the perceived images of rough, tough superheroes … because actually, those superheroes are more ‘normal’ than may first appear.
With a straightforward text and incredible illustrations Keith Negley communicates his message in a powerful manner. And the 2 tough guys at the heart of the story? Father and son who are reading this book. Learning to share their feelings, has brought them closer as depicted in the endpapers. The front shows the boy playing on his own (bike, knight, pirate), the end shows them taking part in the same games together.
Tough Guys (Have Feelings Too) is a deceptively simply picture book showing the beauty in shared experiences and emotions. Aimed squarely at fathers and sons, it is something special.