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Dazzling Travis

A Story About Being Confident & Original

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Travis has no limits to what he enjoys doing.

Everything from shopping and football to ballet or dress up, Travis is a one of a kind boy! But when some of the kids on the playground begin to pick on him, Travis truly dazzles. See how this empowering story encourages both boys and girls to challenge the social norm, revealing their true selves.

Details & Purchasing

Where to Buy

  • Release Date April 2019
  • 32 pages • 9x11 • Ages 4 to 10
  • Hardcover Picture Book, Picture Book
  • ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-9976085-6-4
  • ISBN (picture book): 978-0-9976085-7-1
  • Lexile Leveling: 510
  • Fountas & Pinnell Level: M

Book Reviews

Publisher's Weekly

In cheery rhymes, Dias introduces Travis, a boy who likes dressing as a knight as much as dancing ballet. Like Travis, his friends' personalities shine through their non-gendered clothing and the toys they choose. Dias offers little nuance in favor of a straightforward message about embracing individuality, defying stereotypes, and standing up against bullies.
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Forward Reviews

Inspired by the true story a boy struggling to fit in at school, the book’s rhymes and colorful illustrations, along with a handful of mini biographies of famous iconoclasts, encourage children to embrace uniqueness and diversity. Guided questions and tips for reading make this an excellent choice for classroom use.


This celebration of living one’s best life features the first-person voice of Travis, a boy with a lot of flair. The book succeeds in communicating the message promised in the subtitle.

Book Awards

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Cardinal Rule Press

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