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Crafty Chloe Hardcover – February 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Crafty Chloe
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442421231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442421233
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More of a storybook than a craft how-to (young crafters can take comfort in the link to a website with instructions for making the crafts depicted), this vignette features a young girl dealing with feelings of inadequacy, peer pressure, and birthday-gift one-upmanship. Chloe isn’t very good at sports, video games, or dance; she excels, however, at making clothes and other crafty pursuits. She fears her homemade gift will never measure up to glamor gal London’s fancy purchased doll, but in true happy-ending fashion, it’s the dress and doll bed Chloe makes that save the day at the birthday party. Pencil-and-digital art in pastel colors render the everygirl drama in an accessible, cartoon style. The girls’ facial expressions are priceless, especially when they face off across paragraphs, London looking scornful on the left and Chloe with an exaggerated blasé shrug on the right. A pleasant girl-centric story ideal for those beginning to make the leap from shorter picture books. Grades 1-3. --Diane Foote

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* “Crafty Chloe is the creative cousin of Clementine. Ginger haired, with an adorable taste in free-to-be-me outfits and a heart of gold, this young heroine finds original and kind-hearted solutions to big problems…. DiPucchio is to be commended for providing a simple and strong story with a loving solution that will surprise readers. Strong pacing and fanciful illustrations full of happy yellow highlights capture a delightfully determined and winning child. Ross gives Chloe a sweet individuality that makes her memorable and likable. A corresponding website provides crafting ideas and instructions. Required reading for any child going to a birthday party.”

--Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2011, *STAR

“This vignette features a young girl dealing with feelings of inadequacy, peer pressure, and birthday-gift one-upmanship…. The girls’ facial expressions are priceless…. A pleasant girl-centric story ideal for those beginning to make the leap from shorter picture books.”

--Booklist, December 15, 2011

“DiPucchio’s writing has an amusingly wry conversational tone…. Ross’s snappy illustrations, with high-spirited pencil lines touched with digital color, depict wide-eyed, redheaded Chloe at home in a detailed crafty girl’s paradise where tubes of glitter, sewing patterns, and scraps of paper litter the floors, and Chloe’s dog, Bert, is an expressive and supportive assistant.”

--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 2012

“This book loudly shouts that everyone has talents and encourages children to develop those things they do well…. In Chloe, the author has created a gracious spirit who gives of herself. Illustrations support the story’s playful mood.”

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More About the Author

Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning author of several children's books, including New York Times bestseller, GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, and THE SANDWICH SWAP, a book co-authored for Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, which President Bill Clinton called "a delightful story." Kelly has been a featured author/speaker at numerous schools, public libraries, universities, and conferences such as: the International Reading Association, Michigan Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. You can visit her online at www.kellydipucchio.com

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I love, love, love Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio.
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It's very hard in life to sometimes show respect and kindness to someone who has been disrespectful and hurtful towards your feelings.
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The illustrations are adorable and my daughter (3) and I loved the story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VReviews VINE VOICE on March 29, 2012
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Chloe is a wonderful character. She's clever, talented, sweet, and industrious. She sees opportunities to fashion jewelry, hats, cloths, you-name-it from all kinds of leftover scraps, and household materials. She doesn't quite fit into doing the usual activities of young school girls (sports, video games, dance), but she creates, has fun, and has a great friend in Emma.

It's planning for Emma's birthday gift when things begin to go awry for Chloe. Enter London, the classic girl who seems to be up on all the latest trends, and who has a knack in using a tone of voice, and lifted eyebrow to invoke doubt, and insecurity in those around her. Through a series of mishaps, Chloe is put to the test as she navigates the minefield of being true to herself, vs. the expectations of friends. This is a fantastic true-to-life picture book that will provide and provoke great classroom discussions about how we treat one another. Outstanding illustrations full of color, humor, and nuance.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By em-il-ie on April 3, 2012
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Oh. My. Goodness.

My 5 year old received this book for her birthday and, after reading it, I want a copy just for me. It is delightful in every way AND teaches a number of valuable lessons without jamming it down children's throats (a pet peeve of mine).

The illustrations are wonderful and the story is a delight.
A very definite 5 STARS.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cruller on March 29, 2013
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My niece and my friend's children all love to craft, so I was excited to see a bright, colorful, starred-review picture book about crafting. But I found some of the text a real turn off. Author DiPucchio states that Chloe is "very good at...making stuff," but prefaces this statement with negatives like "Chloe isn't very good at sports" and "she had the grace of a camel in roller blades"? Whether intentional or not, there seems to be an implication that crafting is for children who aren't good at other activities. The book is very charming in places, for example we learn that "anything becomes less boring with googly eyes on it" and see a picture of a younger brother covered in the crafting staple. In another part of the book Chloe has blue "Chicken Pops," the "washable kind." Unfortunately, the charming parts are overshadowed by further negativity. When Chloe announces her plan to make a handmade gift, a schoolmate named London "wrinkle[s] up her nose" and with a "snorty laugh" declares "Well, good luck with that!" I understand that sometimes it's important to introduce children to real life scenarios, even when they're unpleasant. However, the social interactions of the book have a "mean girls" edge and lack the nuance of Russell and Lillian Hoban's slowly unfolding tale A Bargain for Frances. Little kids absorb language like sponges, and I would rather not introduce snarky phrases to the 3- to 6-year old crowd. I also don't find it realistic that the trendy, unsympathetic London would instantly become friends with kind Chloe at the end of the story.

On a bright note, the illustrations are lovely. There are a lot of nice touches, like end papers covered with hand-drawn scissors and rigatoni necklaces.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don on April 23, 2012
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Super cute book about being generous with your time and talent even when others are not so nice. Shows what being a true friend really means.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ams on July 14, 2012
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My daughter, who is an FSU Fashion Design graduate, has an eight-year-old daughter, Chloe, who recycled her jeans to make a glove last week which prompted a friend to buy her a sewing machine that I gave to her today. Then, I went to Barnes and Noble and "accidentally" found "Crafty Chloe!" PERFECT! Precious story! Adorable illustrations! I am so happy to be able to present this book to my very own Crafty Chloe!!! These connections are so very important to children and adults, granddaughters and grandmothers and, well, anyone who appreciates crafts, individuality, and friendship! Thank you, Kelly DiPucchio and Heather Ross!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellybean VINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
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As a do it yourself artistic person, I'm rejoicing with a book I can share with my nearly four year old daughter that wants to be just like me embracing being crafty and creative in numbers of ways. Kelly DiPucchio the author of Crafty Chloe has done a wonderful job in presenting a book that is geared toward children of the artistic persuasion and personality.

Heather Ross, illustrator of Crafty Chloe has done an exceptional job in bringing the characters of this story to life and keeping children engaged in the story. I also learned she is a fabric designer, so it's no wonder her designs really stand out! I loved the illustrations and the style was really fun and done in neat artsy way. I've caught my daughter sitting in her room with this book just looking at the illustrations since she can't read yet.

The story of Crafty Chloe is about a a girl that isn't the star athlete or ballerina dancer but one who loves to create! When we meet Chloe, we see that she has plans to make a unique gift for her friends birthday even though another girl she knows turns her nose up at the very idea of it! The story is quite fun and children can learn valuable lessons such as love, value, worth, and care. My daughter loves Crafty Chloe and has been brining the book for me to read to her everyday!

I highly recommend gifting this book to the crafty little girl in your life! An added bonus to the book is the website of Crafty Chloe which features fun crafts suggestion and ideas to create just like the ones seen in the book!
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