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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545342155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545342155
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Zoe Gets Ready

"This seemingly simple idea subtly encompasses much larger themes about creativity and independence. With layers of meaning, a spunky, fun-loving heroine, and clever use of the butterfly motif throughout, this one is a keeper." —Booklist

"The cartoon simplicity matches the light text and gentle humor, and sparkles on the cover accent the many outfits with great pizzazz. Add this one to the growing list of fun stories for young ladies with style." —School Library Journal

About the Author

Bethanie Deeney Murguia is the author and illustrator of ZOE GETS READY; BUGLETTE, THE MESSY SLEEPER; and SNIPPET THE EARLY RISER. She lives with her family in Sausalito, California. Please visit her website at www.aquapup.com or @aquapup.

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Bethanie Deeney Murguia earned an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts. Bethanie lives with her family and her fifty pound lap dog, Disco, in Sausalito, CA. She is the creator of Zoe Gets Ready and Buglette, the Messy Sleeper.

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My seven year old daughter read this book and loved it.
Marcella Seidensticker
Zoe Gets Ready is a delightful book for little girls who love to pick out their own outfits and those who like to play dress up.
annie
This is a cute story with very nice and colorful illustrations.
Jennifer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Black on May 15, 2012
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Well, if my four-year-old's demands for a repeat are anything to go by, this book is a winner. It reminds me of the Stella books somehow (Marie-Louise Gay). Zoe is the kind of girl you want to hang out with and her concerns match those of my four-year-old (I want to go and explore so I need pockets for my magnifying glass and a small jar, but I also want to do pirouettes on the grass so I need my tutu).

Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marie-Elena Barresi on May 24, 2012
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This book captures perfectly a typical day in the life of my two granddaughters. Tutus, princess dresses, imaginative costumes of every description allow for creative play and fun galore. I think Beth Murguia has created a fanciful and yet accurate portrayal of young children at play. Kids will see themselves at every turn of the page. Excellent illustrations! A wonderful read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jean Baldridge Yates VINE VOICE on August 16, 2012
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Ah, Zoe !!!!What a TREAT she is, as a personality!

Possibly Zoe might be just exactly like your little girl, your little granddaughter, or your best friend's daughter!

Any little girl around age three or so, who is special to you, deserves to have this darling book in her life!

It is so perfect for so many girls, and so true! You will see how much everyone will just adore it.
The story is lovely, and the illustrations are just fantastic! They have with so many details to notice. Overall, Zoe Gets Ready is SO pretty and fun!

First of all, the book cover has sparkles (real 3-D sparkles texturing the picture) and this is very appealing. You see Zoe contemplating her closet and wardrobe; including the fairy wings which could be donned......doesn't everyone need that? Of course we do!

The story begins with "On school days, soccer days, and rainy days, someone else always chooses what Zoe will wear." Zoe looks a little bored, as she clearly has other ideas for her outfits.
"But today is Saturday, and that means Zoe gets to decide". At this point, you see her room and closet and drawers half opened. Clearly, this is GREAT, to have the opportunity to make her own decisions! Her little sister and their puppy peek in the bedroom door! So sweet!

Then she begins to imagine adventures she will have in different outfits, such as collecting frogs with pockets, or acorns. However already her mother is calling, "Come on and get ready, we aren't spending the whole day in the house"!

Zoe considers a twirling day, as she has a twirling skirt! She contemplates this on her bed while her sister puts pajamas on her head.The bedroom gets messier!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 1, 2012
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Little girls and girls of all ages are often challenged by the 'what to wear today?' conundrum. Bethanie Deeney Murgia is an artist of words and images and addresses this dilemma in a most entertaining way. This book ZOE GETS READY is as fine to look at as it is to read: Murgia is a very talented illustrator as well as a gifted writer.

Zoe is a little girl with imagination. On school days she in instructed what to wear depending on school days, soccer days and rainy days. But Saturdays Zoe gets to select her own wardrobe - a suit of clothes that would be fitting for gathering pocket things, twirling with a great skirt, cartwheeling, exploring, blending in, or standing out. But when the castigating call from the mother demands she stop daydreaming and get dressed Zoe has her own solution - with a couple of additions!

This is a story young girls will love and one with which mothers will identify! Murgia's pen and ink and watercolor drawings are superb and rich with imagination. This well-designed book is exceptional. Watch for the book awards nominations....Grady Harp, August 12
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loves those books VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
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I got this book to read to my six year old. When I opened the package from Amazon her eyes lit up at the sparkly dazzling cover. She is a typical girly-girl and loves anything with sparkles. She enjoyed looking at the pictures before I read it to her and the story is simple enough that she can read it on her own. It was short and sweet and kept her attention but I can tell that after reading this a couple of more times this book will be tossed aside. I think it would probably be better suited for a 3-5 year old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barnaby Dorfman VINE VOICE on September 20, 2012
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Well into picking out her own clothes, I think this story about getting ready really appeals to my 2 year old. The art is a lot of fun with deep perspective and the mom yelling at Zoe is her favorite part. My little girl has memorized much of the dialogue and has been asking for this book by name at bedtime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beccaboney VINE VOICE on September 16, 2012
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The dust jacket of this book, embossed all over with glitter sparkles, announces that 4 year olds are going to love this book. The illustrations are lovely with somewhat stylized pen-and-ink drawings filled in with bright and appealing watercolors.

Zoey is that typical little girl who dresses each weekday morning in the clothes that "someone else chooses". However on Saturday she gets to decide herself. She stands before her closet, hands on her hips, thinking about what particular outfits would be appropriate for the ideas she has.

Each page shows her having fun imagining, for example, wearing a dress with pockets to collect nature specimens or a leotard and tights while doing cartwheels outside. Her reverie is frequently interrupted by a conversation "bubble" from the next room: Mom would like her to decide and get on with it.

One small quibble which makes this a 4 rather than 5-star book for me. Towards the end, the plaintive "bubbles" from Mom become 3" letters spelling out "Zoey Now!!!" across a double-page spread. It seems that encouragement is now yelling. Sure enough, right away she pulls on all the choices together (bathing suit, mittens, boots, two dresses, etc.) and is ready to go. With the mention of "just one more thing" and the addition of butterfly wings she is off.

It is possible that if Zoey's closet pole was at a 4 year-old's height, and if she got practice choosing outfits more often, say, the evening before, weekend dressing wouldn't be so overwhelming for her. Still the author has written what must be many parent's experience. I also agree with other reviewers who suggest that the author has created a winning personality in Zoe. I would definitely want to read more about her upcoming explorations and adventures like Vera Rosenberry did with her eponymously named series.
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