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  • Paperback: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Kulpa Publishing Co. (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061561177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615611778
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,254,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Author Kathy Johnson describes herself as 'a fashion-savvy pageant mom and female version of Dr. Seuss:' she happens to be the mother of Miss Vermont 1999 and Miss Vermont USA 2001 AN she is an attorney. The ideas behind this her first book, colorfully illustrated by cartoonist Dick Kulpa, is to address tween and teen girls empowering them to make good choices. In this first edition she sets a standard for presentation that may need to be re-thought: the 8 1/2" X 11" format looks more like a term paper than a book, each page written in multiple colors of serif type for each 'paragraph and each page surrounded by garish stars and images of the featured girls at the bottom. It makes concentrating on the information printed akin to staring through a kaleidoscope, and this detracts for the messages of the story.

Her cast includes six 'starlettes' - Bekka, the smart on, Jinnie, an Eco-geek, Skylar, blonde and ditzy, Ashlee, obsessed with beauty of appearance, Lizzie, the vain one, and Sallee, the athletic one. Oh yes, and there is Punkin, Skylar's German Schnauzer. Imagine 6 Barbie dolls in different wigs and you have them. But as Johnson describes her creations, these girls are 'united by friendship, fashion, boys, and a strong sense of right and wrong, disdaining cliques and anyone who doesn't treat them and other nicely'. But these girls communicate in verse, starletteisms (word play), 'unique-speak' that defines each of the starlettes, and of course rhyme. The story i one of good against evil, good being the Starlettes universe and evil being Eva the Evil who disrupts life by morphing into werewolf/zombie/vampire/undead/whirling dervish and stirring up trouble with cruelty to animals.
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This book stars six young girls on the side of good:

*) Bekka's No. 1 in smarts - with an IQ off the charts
*) Ashlee's so just stylin' and a beauty when she's smiling
*) Lizzie has food-on-the-brain and is a little vain
*) On and off the court - Sallee's a great sport
*) Skylar's blonde and ditzy - and soo-o-o totally ritzy
*) Jinnie is eco-geek smart - and a total sweet `art

Evil Eva is the sole person on the side of good, she is the enemy of all six of the other girls as well as mean to animals.
The story is told in verse that contains a large amount of wordplay and puns. Sometimes it is necessary to stop and think a moment before the intended meaning is clear. Teen girls will understand most of them; some of the more difficult are explained in footnotes. The following example of the prose appears on page 53:

"So, would high school be a plus -
Or a bust?
Each girl was very `Angst'xious.
Just being f'rank' -
But each girl had her own chain-yank."

Certainly a form of writing that will appeal to the adolescent female. The text is colored red, green, blue and orange, another characteristic that will attract the young female eye. While this is certainly not great writing in the more formal sense, it is a story that girls will find attractive, for they will see a part of themselves in each of the six heroines. The actions of the evil Eva are examples of what young girls do to each other in bullying environments.
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I have just had the unique pleasure of reading STARLETTE UNIVERSE by Kathy Johnson. I had intended to evaluate it's suitability content prior to allowing my granddaughter to read it. As I scanned the pages, I became intrigued with both the style and subject matter of this book. I found it to be not only suitable but delightful and original for her young readers. Ms Johnson uses rhyme to draw her readers in while surprising them with unexpected humor. As a grandparent, I appreciate her moral approach to problem solving. I must say thank you for presenting this uplifting and entertaining option for us.......(My granddaughter wants to know when she can expect the Starlette's next book)
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I wanted to review this book because the concept behind it seemed very well thought out. The author does an excellent job illustrating the characters in a way that the intended age range would be able to relate to them very easily. However, the layout of the book is a bit distracting, which is an easy fix. I intended to give this to my nieces to read, but I do not believe they would be able to read it in the format it is presented in. As an adult I found it very hard to read. I absolutely loved the story line and concept thought, so with a few tweeks this has the potential to be THE next thing in building confident young ladies :)
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