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Crafty Chloe Hardcover – February 21, 2012
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More of a storybook than a craft how-to (young crafters can take comfort in the link to a website with instructions for making the crafts depicted), this vignette features a young girl dealing with feelings of inadequacy, peer pressure, and birthday-gift one-upmanship. Chloe isn’t very good at sports, video games, or dance; she excels, however, at making clothes and other crafty pursuits. She fears her homemade gift will never measure up to glamor gal London’s fancy purchased doll, but in true happy-ending fashion, it’s the dress and doll bed Chloe makes that save the day at the birthday party. Pencil-and-digital art in pastel colors render the everygirl drama in an accessible, cartoon style. The girls’ facial expressions are priceless, especially when they face off across paragraphs, London looking scornful on the left and Chloe with an exaggerated blasé shrug on the right. A pleasant girl-centric story ideal for those beginning to make the leap from shorter picture books. Grades 1-3. --Diane Foote
* “Crafty Chloe is the creative cousin of Clementine. Ginger haired, with an adorable taste in free-to-be-me outfits and a heart of gold, this young heroine finds original and kind-hearted solutions to big problems…. DiPucchio is to be commended for providing a simple and strong story with a loving solution that will surprise readers. Strong pacing and fanciful illustrations full of happy yellow highlights capture a delightfully determined and winning child. Ross gives Chloe a sweet individuality that makes her memorable and likable. A corresponding website provides crafting ideas and instructions. Required reading for any child going to a birthday party.”
--Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2011, *STAR
“This vignette features a young girl dealing with feelings of inadequacy, peer pressure, and birthday-gift one-upmanship…. The girls’ facial expressions are priceless…. A pleasant girl-centric story ideal for those beginning to make the leap from shorter picture books.”
--Booklist, December 15, 2011
“DiPucchio’s writing has an amusingly wry conversational tone…. Ross’s snappy illustrations, with high-spirited pencil lines touched with digital color, depict wide-eyed, redheaded Chloe at home in a detailed crafty girl’s paradise where tubes of glitter, sewing patterns, and scraps of paper litter the floors, and Chloe’s dog, Bert, is an expressive and supportive assistant.”
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, January 2012
“This book loudly shouts that everyone has talents and encourages children to develop those things they do well…. In Chloe, the author has created a gracious spirit who gives of herself. Illustrations support the story’s playful mood.”
—Library Media Connection, Recommended
Top customer reviews
On a bright note, the illustrations are lovely. There are a lot of nice touches, like end papers covered with hand-drawn scissors and rigatoni necklaces. Ross' expressive pictures capture dad's discombobulation and mom's lack of sufficient sleep. Ross infuses Chloe with personality by adding touches like Chloe squinting one eye while concentrating on gluing a project.
Let me be clear, this is by no means a bad book. Many children will find it charming. However, considering some of the areas that could have been handled better, I'm just surprised that this received so many positive reviews. For me it takes a back seat to true winners like Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons.
This book is suitable for children older than my grandson, too.
picture book to be read to the child but the readers will enjoy the illustrations too.