Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio (Review)

 Crafty Chloe

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, February 2012
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN-10: 1442421231
ISBN-13: 9781442421233
Grades: P - 3
Buy now for only $13.59.


Fancy Nancy meets Martha Stewart in Crafty Chloe, the adorable DIY star of a new picture book series!

When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day—and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too!

This inventive and irresistible picture book will have young readers itching to reach for their googly eyes.

Check out CraftyChloe.com to learn how to make the cool crafts featured in the book!

My Thoughts:

This book is good for any little girl who likes arts and crafts or feels different.  In this story, Chloe is not like the other kids in school -- she is not an athlete, dancer or video game player.  Instead, she is good at making things -- especially outfits she has her little dog model.  Chloe reminds me of a child version of Martha Stewart.  Her friend, Emma is having a birthday soon, and Chloe can't decide what to get her.  When she sees another girl picking out the gift she was going to get, Chloe gets discouraged and doesn't want to go anymore.  She tells her parents she is sick and that she can't go.  But, when they tell her she can't miss her good friend's party, Chloe begins to think about what she can make her that is unique and fun.  Working for what seems like forever on the surprise gift, Chloe is finally done and on her way to the party.  But, along the way, she runs into London, who had taken her original gift idea. London takes a tumble and the doll she got for Emma gets dirty.  What to do?  Chloe comes to the rescue with a dress she made and saves the day.  In addition to the dress, Chloe also made a doll bed, which Emma also loved. 

Savannah loved the cute illustrations in the book and how Chloe was crafty and able to make things, not only for her dog to wear, but for dolls, etc.  Overall, I found this book to be a fun afternoon read with Savannah, and will continue to read it to her as she gets older.  Maybe, it will spark an interest in arts and crafts with her?  Who knows? 

About the Author:

Kelly DiPucchio is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Sandwich Swap, Grace for President, and numerous other books for kids. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan. You can visit her at KellyDiPucchio.com.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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