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About the Author

Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.

Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught artist and has attended both F.I.T. and SVA of New York, where she studied fashion and children’s illustration. Vanessa is the illustrator of Ruby’s New Home, A Team Stays Together!, and Justin and the Bully by Tony and Lauren Dungy as well as Presenting…Tallulah by Tori Spelling. She hopes that when people look at her work, it will make them feel happy in some way, or even reclaim a bit of their childhood.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994046
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tori Spelling is an actress whose career spans theater, television, and film. She's received critical praise for her work in such independent films as Trick and The House of Yes. Recently she both starred in and executive produced the comedy series So NoTORIous on VH1 and the popular reality series Tori & Dean: Inn Love on Oxygen. She lives with her husband, Dean McDermott, and son, Liam, in Los Angeles.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My Baby James on December 19, 2011
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This is a great story about finding oneself. The illustrations are beautiful! Also, if you're a Tori Spelling fan, you'll enjoy noticing the similarities and characters between Tallulah's world and Tori's world.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By my fellow americans on February 10, 2012
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Ok, so the story about the poor unaccepted kid who really has a lot of heart has been done to death. What new direction can we take...how about a extremely rich girl who isn't allowed to wear "regular" kid clothes, walk to school like "regular" kids, and eat "regular" kid food and is instead, horrifyingly, forced to wear designer clothes, ride to school in a limo, and eat gourmet food!

I'll bet at this point there is not a dry eye reading this review.

Probably loosely based on Tori's life, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief while reading this to my 2-year old.

I suppose the merits of this book include teaching kids that...actually, I have no idea what the merits of this book are. Sorry.

She does rescue a dog that the mean "regular" kids say is too ugly to care about (those heartless 99%-er's), so you know...that's good.

Why did I give this book 2 stars? The illustrations. Very well done.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Violet on December 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is horrible. It is vapid, poorly written, and imparts a highly questionable message to children. I know that on the surface it purports to celebrate self expression, despite what the rest of the world says. However, the corollary message is that regular, i.e. not wealthy, kids are jerks, and that the travails of an incredibly privileged little princess are somehow worthy of our attention. I have no pity for the alter-ego of Tori Spelling, whose own life of self display and exploitation of her children is nothing exemplary. The misguided grown ups in the book are no doubt true to life in some circles, and her "poor little rich girl" existence is likely largely autobiographical, but enough already! There are much better things to read your children that impart similar morals with much more depth, perceptiveness, and relevance to the greater population. Don't be fooled by celebrity commodities! It's not worth your attention or your money.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Griffiths on January 5, 2012
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I did everything in my power to keep an open, unbiased, mind as I read this to my 6 year old. The story is pretty simple - a little girl stands out, and isn't accepted by her peers, because her parents want her to be well dressed, be transported to school in a limousine, and to not get dirty. It turns out she's a female Richie Rich, the poor little rich girl.

I'm sure the little boys and girls who gave Tallulah a rough time know someone (a parent) who was laid off when Tallulah's dad moved the local factory to China. In the age of off-shoring, sub-prime meltdowns, etc, feeling sympathy for someone of excessive wealth and privilege is ridiculous.

The story gets worse. We are introduced to Max, Tallulah's friend who is an odd light-brown colour, and wears a tie - a Hispanic Alex P. Keaton, perhaps. He is the new kid, and also an outcast due to his higher socio-economic status. He doesn't do much, other than to appear in page after page with Tallulah. A nice touch of political-correctness.

Other aspects of the story are even more ridiculous. The cruel, heartless poor kids see a puppy stranded on a log in the middle of the schools fishing pond. In this age of bubble-wrapped children, that pond would never have existed. Regardless, these unaccompanied children stand at the edge of this future lawsuit masquerading as a wet-land, and taunt the puppy before running off to do whatever poor kids do (steal from a store, maybe burn down a building, or beat an old woman senseless for her social security check). Obviously, only wealthy children can have any sense of empathy.

Leave it up to Tallulah and two-dimensional Max to save the day, using Tallulahs sash to rescue the puppy.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Print VINE VOICE on September 22, 2010
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Tallulah is not supposed to get dirty. Or talk loudly. Or make a mess. She isn't that kind of girl. Tallulah can't wear jeans or sneakers to school or keep her hair down or do any of the other things that the other kids do every day.

According to her parents, Tallulah is special and that makes her different. But Tallulah doesn't want to be different. It's hard to have fun or make friends when everyone is busy telling you the things you can do because you're different.

When Max, the new boy in school, stands up for Tallulah (and assists with a risky pug puppy rescue) Tallulah starts to see that sometimes being different can be okay. And most of the time the best of friends like you just the way you are in Presenting . . . Tallulah (September 2010) by Tori Spelling* and Vanessa Brantley Newton.

There are a lot of books about being different learning that it's okay to be yourself even if that might mean being a little silly, or weird, or not mosterly. Some of them are quite bad using cliches and heavy handed writing to convey their message while ultimately creating major issues in the story.

Presenting Tallulah has none of those problems. This was a delightful story about a little girl many kids can relate to. Maybe not everyone goes to school in a limo, but who hasn't been told to be quiet and not get dirty? This story captures that (and Tallulah's rather . . . opulent . . . . lifestyle) without making it a big thing. Tallulah is who she is and, as she learns, that's okay. I liked that instead of beating readers over the head with this message, it's just at the core of the text.

Newton's illustrations are also fantastic.
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