On Saturday (Aug. 1), Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva,Qué Día!, a bilingual children’s book by nonbinary artist Molly Allis (Music/IM MFA 14) was officially released. The uplifting story about identity, self-esteem, and friendship follows a 10-year old Frankie and their best friend Jesse spending time in their queer and colorful community. Some of their adventures include going to a parade, making DIY projects together, and helping out at their local community garden.
Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva,Qué Día! was added to the Gender Inclusive Classrooms’ curriculum resource list of books for teachers. Allis is also developing an animated children’s show called All Together Now! based on the world and characters in their book.
Allis is a queer artist, educator, award-winning filmmaker, and musician. Before attending CalArts, they studied directing and design for theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus on puppetry. Allis’ work largely focuses on community-building through various forms of storytelling and play.
Check out the All Together Now! intro below:
Hooray, What A Day!/¡Viva,Qué Día! by Molly Allis
Full color, 44 page, 11 X 8.5 soft cover book
Available for purchase here.