Child’s Book: Tell me a tattoo story, Alison McGhee

Tell me a tattoo storyTattoo story

By: Alison McGhee

Illustrated by: Eliza Wheeler

A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all. Tender pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler complement this lovely ode to all that’s indelible—ink and love.


This is not a review of the book, But I had to share it. Recently I took my little people to the local Library ( we a big fans of the library) just to hang out at children’s time and I spotted this book. I spotted and I  loved it. I loved to so much I had to share it. I have tattoos, 5 currently, but if I had it my way I would and will have more.  My youngest little person recently discovered these drawings on mom don’t wash off like her’s do. She loves the questions why and what. So after finding her one day with pen on her arms and legs ( she wanted to be like mom & dad), I explained them to her. This book is absolutely amazing and touched me. My children, all of them(4) are very accepting of the freedom to express yourself through your own body. ( I know not everyone is.) I’ve raised ( still raising) them to accept people not for what is on the outside but who they are as a whole person.

While my tattoos would be considered mild and deemed appropriate for any age to see, I still get the stink eye from other parents or worse their kid asked to go play on the other side of the playground away from me and my kids. Tattoos don’t equal bad. My kids will go up to a big burly biker covered in tattoos and leather with a full grizzly beard and ask to see his bike or tattoos…..And guess what they have never once been turned away.

My point even though long-winded is that tattoos have a meaning to the person who has them on their body. Tattoos are art. Tattoos are a passion. Tattoos don’t equal bad.  And this book helps teaches children that.

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  1. Well said, Cia. I don’t judge those with tattoo’s and I don’t like to openly ask about them because sometimes their story is so deep and personal (I’ll usually wait until they feel they can tell me) I don’t have any myself but I get judgemental looks from marks on my arm which are from years ago. Either way I think everyone should be allowed to do what they want with their bodies (unless of course they are actually harming themselves!) and do whatever makes them happiest. Your children will grow into very understanding and loving people 🙂

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  2. This is such a great book for kids! It’s definitely more acceptable for people (and parents!) to have tattoos, and it’s great there’s a book to fill this niche and help explain the world to kids 🙂 I’m sorry you sometimes still get the stink eye from other parents. Pretty much all of my friends have tattoos somewhere and they’re starting to have kids, so a good chunk of us in the world think tattoos are normal and an artistic expression, and it’s good for kids to know that 🙂

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  3. This book is very different. I think it would be an awesome books for kids. I love tattoos but i feel other people thing tattoos are bad and should be looked down upon. I am glad this book explains shows kids it’s not so because they are so vulnerable at this age and you want them to be able to form their own decisions.

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  4. I do have a tattoo as well and I do agree that they have a meaning, they are special for the person who has them. But still the society sees them as being “bad”. This book is really great, whoever thought of writing it was a true artist. It’s important for children to grow up without judging.

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  5. I don’t have tattoos myself but I find it ridiculous that people are so judging and even take their kids to play further away! I’m happy to read you’re so open minded and teach the kids to accept these things that seem totally normal!


  6. Great great post on tattoos. Many people nowadays find it unusual esp for women with tattoos. I learn to love the world of tattoo (don’t have any) because my partner and mom have lots. Good to have a book like this.


  7. This book looks so interesting and amazing. It tells that we don’t need to be judgemental in every tattooed people. It’s so nice to have a book like this.


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