Bill's New Frock

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Bill's New Frock
Author Anne Fine
Illustrator Philippe Dupasquier
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher Methuen[1]
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 96
ISBN 0-416-12152-7

Bill's New Frock is a fiction book for younger readers, written by Anne Fine and illustrated by Philippe Dupasquier. First published in 1989, and reissued in 2002, it concerns a young boy, Bill Simpson, who wakes up one morning to find he has transformed into a girl. Forced to go to school in a frilly pink dress, Bill discovers one of the worst days in his life is about to begin. Baffled by the way things are just different for girls, Bill falls headlong into trouble. The book was adapted into an television special, which first aired on 6 June 1998.

The book has been used in United Kingdom schools to challenge gender stereotyping among primary school students. A 2002 study by the Social Science Research Unit, University of London, found evidence of children considering ‘the different treatment that boys and girls receive’, after reading the book. [2]

In 1989, Bill's New Frock was awarded a Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in the 6 to 8 years category.[3]


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  2. ^ Francis B, Skelton C, Archer L (2002). A systematic review of classroom strategies for reducing stereotypical gender constructions among girls and boys in mixed–sex United Kingdom primary schools (EPPI-Centre Review, version 1.1*). In: Research Evidence in Education Library. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education.
  3. ^ "Nestlé Children's Book Prize 2007". BookTrust. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 

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