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Pish Posh Hardcover – April 20, 2006
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More About the Author
Her novel OLIVIA KIDNEY was awarded Child magazine's "Best Children's Book Award" and was selected as one of the "Books of the Year" by Parenting magazine.
SLOB was selected for the Junior Library Guild Spring 2009 List and the 2010 Texas Lone Star Reading List.
Her nonfiction book SPILLING INK; A YOUNG WRITER'S HANDBOOK (co-authored by Anne Mazer) was a New York Public Library Top 100 Children's Book for 2010 and a Children's Literature Assembly 2011 Notable Book.
Her newest series is PIPER GREEN & THE FAIRY TREE (Fall 2015, Knopf).
Web site: http://www.ellenpotter.com
Top Customer Reviews
I read this book with my Mother-Daughter Book Club. Most of the girls in the club are the same age as Clara. We enjoyed this book very much! It is a fictional story with a mystery woven into it. Even the moms liked this book! It had some excellent ideas that could be discussed with the group. We highly recommend it.
Clara Frankofile, daughter of the Pish Posh owners and chef, wears a black dress everyday (she has hundreds of the same outfit) and looks down on people through her tinted sunglasses. What she says goes. An actress who walked in as the It Girl may be declared a Nobody before she is done with her meal.
Though I like Ellen Potter's Olivia Kidney series, I found myself wanting more from Pish Posh than I ultimately got. It begins as a sarcastic take on society and celebrity, which I liked, but the focus changed not once but twice before the story was through. Based on the jacket summary, I thought I was in for a cross between the book So Yesterday by Scott Westerfeld and the film To Catch a Thief, as Clara befriends a girl barely older than her who is a jewel thief. It then became a story about past lives, in a way. I won't spoil the ending, but I will say it fell a little short of my expectations. Still, Potter delivers descriptive and funny writing, and I'll certainly continue to pick up her novels.
It is perfect for pre-teens. They fantasize about superpower to deal with their problems. Ms. Potter gives us Clara Frankofile - a social snob - as her heroine [it's all right, she turns out all right in the end]. Clara not only fantasizes about power. She actually gets to use it. Scanning people entering her parents' posh restaurant, Clara intuits who among them no longer retain their social credentials and banishes them from the restaurant. Variations on this theme, plus adventures with a young thief as a side-kick to solve a mystery will keep the reader's interest from start to finish. It is not only a satire on social pretensions, but it's pretty funny too.
The hanging scene also seems a bit incongruous with the rest of the book, which doesn't take itself too seriously and has a much lighter tone.
The rest of the book was mostly good fun for kids. The main character has her own apartment (at age 11), with various fantasy rooms (a beach room with real waves and sand, a tree climbing room with a real tree, etc.). She wields a great deal of power in the adult world, wearing dark sunglasses and black dresses as she decides who to ban from her parents' restaurant. She meets a girl her age who is a professional thief, likewise powerful and very competent. The two of them find themselves drawn into friendship. Their bad behavior has only emotional consequences (i.e. guilt). Still, I found this book to be an enjoyable flight of fantasy, a power trip for kids.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story if a bit over the top. But the typos and the prose inconsistencies, the endless scenes needing good trims...this book should have been much better than it was.Published 12 months ago by ELS
One thing I liked about this book is how much the girl changes. She really realizes what she's like to other people. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this book, I would recommend it to everyone who likes reading mysteries!!!
Emma, 11 years old...! :D XD
I think this book is funny, cool, interesting, fun and adventurous! Whenever I was done reading a chapter, I liked to think about it over and over again because it was so good!!! Read morePublished on July 14, 2013
This book is awesome especially the plot. Clara is an amazing character and I love all of her rooms!!!!! AnonymousPublished on February 19, 2013 by Unknown
I loved this book. It was just a little confusing at parts. The kindle edition is great! You should really get this. Good for book reports.Published on January 11, 2013 by Grace
I read a lot of adult novel, so this was refreshing. However it held my attention just as much or even more than the stuff they classify as adult literature. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Tia Glass
This is a great book I love it but I would like it longer . Also I love Annabelle a lotPublished on December 27, 2012 by Abby Cushing