Aldi Australia has sparked outrage from parents after the supermarket promoted upcoming sales of a ‘transgender’ children’s book, The Boy In The Dress.

The short novel, which was authored by British comedian, David Walliams, has angered various mothers thanks to its title – which alludes to a boy wearing a dress.

One Australian woman was so angered that she posted on Aldi Australia’s Facebook page.

boy in dress

‘Aldi – we are so very disappointed in your decision to stock a book within your store – relating to transgenderism in children,’ one woman posted on the store’s Facebook page.

‘Apparently it’s available on Wednesday Sept 6th,’ she continued.

‘We would ask that you reconsider your choice to sell it! Family and children must be protected in times where there are those whose agenda is to groom and sexualise them! We ask you to have a conscience in this matter!’.

Since the woman posted on Facebook, the post has received hundreds of shares and countless comments.

aldi post

Some agreed with the mother’s post, writing things like: ‘I can assure you that none of these books would be acceptable in my home. I am disgusted and horrified that you are promoting a transsexual agenda that the vast majority of parents would find totally unacceptable.

‘You are helping to confuse and undermine children’s sense of identity and I believe this is a form of child abuse. I hope and pray that you will withdraw these books straight away.’

Another wrote: ‘Inappropriate books for children. I spend big dollars shopping from your store and have been on regular basis since you came in our area for years now.

‘My way of boycotting and saying to you you are exploiting our very young and have no right to push this debate.’

One person went even further, writing: ‘Excuse me, Aldi Australia, but why are you peddling the child abuse that is The Boy In The Dress, a novel that promotes children cross-dressing? Are you joining the genderless bully brigade?’.

However, others were quick to step in and say they had no problems with it.

‘Cheers Aldi for unintentionally ridding your stores of bigoted customers,’ one woman wrote.

‘Who knew a children’s book could be so powerful?’.

Another added: ‘Well done Aldi for selling a book that actually teaches kids about acceptance and tolerance. No wonder I continue to shop there.’

Daily Mail Australia reached out to Aldi for comment. An Aldi spokesperson responded saying:

‘With ALDI’s unique range of Special Buys, there is often a range of feedback. We have no intention of removing The Boy In The Dress from sale, the book tells the story of freedom of expression and tolerance.

‘This forms part of a range from David Walliams, the third biggest children’s book author in Australia, and is available throughout a number of major retailers.’

Seriously people!? There are so many other things you should be getting outraged about, don’t you agree?

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  • What nonsense. It’s a book! If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it, but it’s allowed to be sold!


  • I haven’t read this book but I assume that it teaches acceptance. What’s wrong with that?


  • These bigots need to just go away. Gender stereotyping needs to end!


  • I agree with many other comments – if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Move forward and have a whinge about more significant matters.


  • If I don’t like something, then I don’t buy it. No way will I be getting upset with such trivial things as this – I have other more pressing needs to get my knickers in a knot over.


  • Why advertise this book for everyone to see. If someone wants the book I’m sure they would come and ask for it. You would have been better off just advertising that you sell books and new ones are arriving.


  • Good on Aldi for keeping the book and for enabling freedom of expression and tolerance.

    • Unwittingly the people that are against the book have now given the book lots of media attention and raised the profile of the book and author. It is a good thing as the book may now reach a wider audience.


  • wow I haven’t read it but I am a huge fan of David Walliams and I am sure it will be incredibly funny and probably has nothing to do with transgender, cross dressing issues like the adults who are disgusted by it – I wonder if they have actually read it???

    I would happily purchase any of his books – why??? – because kids love them and the humorous stories they contain

    I hope Aldi didn’t remove them!


  • Really? It’s a book. Don’t buy it. You’ve now drawn attention to something I hadn’t particularly noticed, and I imagine kids won’t necessarily notice. Find something else to be outraged about.

    • It may be a helpful book for someone.. but so are many others. Ridiculous. Don’t buy it. It’s as simple as that!


  • If you don’t want the book in your house then don’t buy it. How is that complicated? What does it say about the irate customers who even noticed this issue? Who even cares. Guess what. Some boys dress up in their mums or sisters dresses when they’re young and don’t turn out to be transgender. You either are or you aren’t. Reading a book wont infect you with transgender.


  • Really ?! Can’t understand why people get so angry about this !
    When you don’t want this book in your home you simply don’t buy it. In the same way you chose a different channel when you don’t want your kids to see certain tv programs.
    Besides that there’s nothing abnormal in boys dressing up as girls and girls dressing up as boys, it’s actually part of normal gender development !


  • How crazy, and good on you Aldi. My theory, if you don’t like the book don’t buy it-SIMPLE!


  • I think there are more important things to worry about, if you don’t like it don’t buy it, simple. Kids are exposed to so much just watching the news and we don’t blink an eye.


  • lets hope that none of these people have children that need to come out to their parents, how incredibly disappointing! I was once told off because my son wanted to wear a headband like his big sister, told I should at least put some antlers on it (it was christmas time), my response, if my boy wants to wear a red headband he is going to bloody well wear one, he was 2 at the time :/

    • My sister in law told me off for letting my 2yo son wear his sister’s tutu (he has 3 sisters and wanted to be like them) CRAZY I thought. She said I would make him gay!!!


  • As someone with numerous LBGTQI friends, I say good on Aldi for trying to get past the bigotted, antiquated hate with a book teaching kids to accept people who are different. Reactions like that first woman are just a part of why so many kids are TERRIFIED to come out – they’ve been beaten to death at times and tormented to suicide in others.


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