Sunday, February 10, 2019

"Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes" by Eva Chen is a Fun Picture Book About Girl Power (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

If you like sharing books with your kids (girls especially) all about girl power and famous inspirational heroines, then you will want to pick up "Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes" by Eva Chen.  I was recently sent a copy of this book, and fell in love with it the first time I read it, and couldn't wait to share it with my girls.  

Just by looking at the cover art, you see that this book is about a girl with a lot of shoes, but what you don't see or know is that these shoes belong to radical female icons in history including Jane Goodall (who was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize...finally), as well as Cleopatra, Frida Kahlo, and even Lady Gaga and Serena Williams.  Juno, the main character in the story, finds herself late for school as she can't find her favorite pair of shoes.  

She searches throughout her bedroom and doesn't find them.  Instead, a magical portal opens up in her room and transports her to a beautiful closet filled with shoes that belonged to trailblazing women in history.  How cool is this, right!?
When I got to the magic portal part in the book, both of my girls starting talking about how fun this would be, and couldn't wait to learn about the different shoes and who they belonged to. Juno takes readers on fun and fascinating adventures as she steps into each new pair of shoes.  It isn't until the end of the story that Juno realizes that shoes are not the only thing that define you. Yes, they can help you be better and feel more confident, but it is truly up to you to define yourself and make your mark on the world.  

Filled with whimsy and fashion, this book is all about girl power and sisterhood, as we follow Juno on a fun-filled journey to find the perfect pair of shoes.  My girls really enjoyed this book, and loved being able to follow Juno's journey to meet all these extraordinary women who have made a mark on history.  Now they have more women they want to learn more about, and I have this book and the author to thank for it.  


More about this book:

"Whenever she puts on a different pair of shoes, a young girl is transported to different worlds where she learns about empowerment in this cheeky picture book.
Juno Valentine’s favorite shoes don’t light up. They don’t have wheels. They are, to be perfectly honest, the tiniest bit boring. But they’re still her favorite muddy-puddle-jumping, everyday-is-an-adventure shoes. One day, when they go missing, Juno discovers something amazing: a magical room filled with every kind of shoe she could possibly imagine!

Juno embarks on an epic journey through time and space, stepping into the shoes of female icons from Frida Kahlo and Cleopatra to Lady Gaga and Serena Williams. 

Each pair of shoes Juno tries brings a brand new adventure—and a step towards understanding that her very own shoes might be the best shoes of all."
Written by Eva Chen
Illustrated by Derek Desierto
Feiwel and Friends
32 pp.
Ages 4-6
November 2018

About the Author:
Eva Chen is a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in New York City. She blames her deviation from pre-med at Johns Hopkins University on a love of fashion and beauty instilled in her by her mother, whose perfect bob and lipstick made a permanent imprint on her impressionable young mind. Previously the editor in chief of Lucky, Eva has also written for ELLEVogue, Teen Vogue,Vogue China, the New York Times, and the Wall Street JournalShe is currently the head of fashion partnerships at Instagram, where she is guilty of the occasional duck-face selfie. Eva lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes is her debut picture book.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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