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Too Purpley! (Too! Books) Hardcover – January 19, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Too! Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—A girl dressing for the day has a hard time deciding what she will wear. Her choices are shown in bright illustrations that include her similarly attired pet turtle. The clothes are "too purpley…too itchy…too feathery," etc. Some of her outfits are shown on spreads: "too stripey" has stripes everywhere, including across the letters and on the turtle, which is trying to creep off the page. In "too matchy," her dress is exactly like the slipcover on a chair. This little fashionista is not a princess or a Fancy Nancy, so her eventual choice is an outfit that is "comfy." This fun book has lots of descriptive words that tickle the ear, great colors and patterns, and a charming protagonist.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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From Booklist

Author Reidy’s first picture book features an insistent young girl (and future fashionista) who finds fault with every outfit she is offered. Her complaints range from “too purpley” to “too feathery” to “too polka-dotty” and everything in between. Leloup, also in her picture-book debut, manages to follow Reidy’s imaginative, rhyming text, illustrating such challenges as “too matchy” (a dress with the same pattern as the wallpaper, carpeting, and chair) and “too baggy” (a jumper that looks as if it were created from a brown paper bag, including pinked edges). Luckily for everyone, she manages to find something (“So comfy! Just right”) in time to catch the school bus. Children and parents are sure to identify with this girl’s sartorial issues, and Leloup’s whimsical watercolors highlight the absurdity of her choices. Pair this with Margaret Chodos-Irvine’s Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (2003) for an apparel-themed story hour. A companion volume, Too Pickley!, is in the works. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kay Weisman

More About the Author

Jean Reidy has been told that a naughty little kid lives within her - and she takes that as a high compliment. She loves crunchy peanut butter and her pink striped pajama pants. She writes from her home in Colorado.

Customer Reviews

My four year old daughter loves this book.
A reader, a mom & wife, a book lover
We have read it so many times I had to order a new book because the old one was worn out!
Christine Geisel
It's a fun book for her too read, as she has had all those emotions!
Kim G.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Harvey on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased this book for my four year old.
She absolutely loves it!
Anyone who has a preschooler knows how finicky they can be about what they are wearing. My daughter could completely relate to the little girl in the book.
The illustrations are adorable and crack my daughter up laughing. Especially the turtle sidekick who mimics the little girl's opinion
about her clothes.
Too Purpley is a perfect book for children in nursery school, preschoolers and young children.
The best part is that my daughter is able to "read" it herself after only having it read to her once because the pictures depict exactly what the little girl in the book is saying....with lots of expression!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hapa on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Both my 2 year old and my 5 year old niece(who is learning how to read) loves this book, and I do too! It's an easy read and not too long where you lose their attention when putting them to be at night.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on July 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The opening double spread picture encapsulates this story of a little girl who cannot decide which clothing she will wear. She sees her mother approaching her buried under a pile of clothing and yells, "Not these clothes!" Everything is "too purpley, too tickly, too puckery, too prickly" until she finally ends up with the "just right" outfit. Minimal story will appeal to many young girls. The clever illustrations that were created using Adobe Illustrator are cute and expressive and will work for a group story time.
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"Too Purpley!" is a picture book for fussy young dressers whose parents have wearied and despaired of the search for appropriate cajolery magic to persuade said child into clothes of any color. Sure to enchant a fussy toddler with its zany, colorful, exaggerated illustrations, "Too Purpley!" is just the ticket to tickle a truculent toddler into giggles that then lead to clothing decisions that are wearable. The sing-song rhymes of "Too Purpley!" help keep pages turning, and the expressive little turtle companion serves as a good little mirror to reflect young mistress' reactions to a wide variety of clothing choices. "Too Purpley!" is sure to be a hit with children ages 2 and up (and also with their parents and caretakers and dressers)!
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By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2014
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Too purpley, too tickly, too puckery, too prickly! - This is really all that is on each page along with a drawing. There is not real story here.
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By MEM on February 15, 2014
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My little granddaughter liked this book so much that we order it for our other little granddaughter!
We read them over and over again! We bought "Too Princessy" becasue they loved this one soo much.
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By Kim G. on November 20, 2013
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Bought this for my 5 yo who has sensory and clothes issues. It's a fun book for her too read, as she has had all those emotions!
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By meggie's momma on September 5, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
My daughter got this book at a bookfair in Kindergarten. She absolutely loves it. It is very short, but has fun illustrations that always start a discussion. She is starting to read, and pretends to read this book, as the illustrations make it easy to remember what each page says. Fun, vibrant colors and cute illustrations make this book a winner!
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