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

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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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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Series: Too! Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903071
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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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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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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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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Format: Board book
Our daughter "picked" this book out at a book store when she was a little over a year old. She instantly LOVED it ... to the point where she had to sleep with it at night in her crib. She is now 19 months old and still loves to read Too Purpley. She has started to mimic saying the words in the book, in particular the first page "Not These Clothes!"

As a mom, it's a fun, short book that I don't mind reading over and over again. When we first got her the book her attention span limited the books we could read to her because she constantly wanted to turn the page. We could only read stories with a few words on each page so she could quickly turn the page and this book was perfect for that. We have since bought Too Pickley and she loves that book too (possibly even more!).
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Format: Hardcover
"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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Format: Hardcover
Too Purpley is a cute children's book. Too Purpley is about a girl who doesn't like what her mother picks out for her to wear. Finally she finds the perfect outfit. I'm sure a lot of parents and children can identify with this book. I know that when I was a kid, I was horribly picky about what I wanted to wear. I wouldn't wear dresses or anything frilly. The illustrations are adorable. I like the turtle. It wears everything that the girl wears. The turtle also helps her when her clothes are uncomfortable. I'm excited to read the next book in the series, Too Princessy. I recommend this book for girls three and older.
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My four year old daughter loves this book. There are not a lot of words, but you get the story. We like to look at the details in the pictures and discuss which outfits we like and don't like, as well as what's particularly funny. I think my daughter might have been surprised that the girl in the book is more particular about what she wears than she (my daughter) is! It's also a very easy before-bed book for a kid (and parent!) who is tired but still wants a bedtime book.
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Inexplicably, my kindergartener begged me for this book until I couldn't take it any longer and gave in. She loves this simple, silly book - and is proud that she can read it herself. She's a mini-fashionista, but not terribly concerned about sensory issues such as scratchiness of clothing. It does, however, have to be just right for her fashion sense and mood of the day. I'm glad she enjoys this simple story. The pictures are pretty cute, I'll admit.
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