- Age Range: 4 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Lexile Measure: AD780L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Press; Gift edition (February 24, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0545609542
- ISBN-13: 978-0545609548
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Glamourpuss Hardcover – February 24, 2015
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While this story is aimed at young readers with its simple narrative and simplistic pink-hued illustrations, there are a few underlying messages here. The little chihuahua, Bluebelle, looks stressed in every picture because she's forced to wear silly clothes and do stupid pet tricks. In other words, she's living a life to please others and not herself. Glamourpuss, who may be jealous of the new girl in the house shows the dog how to act "normal." There is some competition at first, but in the end the two animals become best friends.
The vocabulary is appropriate for young readers and the theme is of tolerance to differences, but there is more for those who have worked with animals, animal shelters and animal rescue...
And that's the end of the children's story. Now comes my adult commentary. The little chihuahua arrives at the "Highhorsen" home looking stressed out, with large, scared (bug-eyed) eyes and wearing a frilly dress. Many owners of chihuahuas dress their dogs up to replace children they may have had decades before. Now the dogs must learn stupid tricks to win their admiration and love by the owners. In every illustration with the dog, the dog has a scared, paranoid look. This is common in small-breed dogs that are expected to "perform" and wear silly clothes. The author intends for this to be a subtle message to these small-dog owners, because these owners put more stress on their dogs than similar cat owners do on their cats. They should instead just love the dog for what it is and let it live the life of a dog, and not a canine version of a child that has long ago left its nest.
The story is just OK. It is well written, but I don't like the message. Glamourpuss is a narcissistic cat who becomes jealous of a visiting dog. The dog takes attention away from Glamourpuss because she can do tricks. Glamourpuss looks down on the dog because of the way she dresses and her uncouth behavior. The ending involves the dog revealing that even she doesn't like the way she dresses and the tricks she does. She becomes glamorous, just like Glamourpuss and they become friends. Hmmmm. What lesson is learned. Accept people for who they are? Nope.
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