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Presenting . . . Tallulah Hardcover – September 21, 2010

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About the Author

Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.

Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught artist and has attended both FIT and SVA of New York, where she studied fashion and children’s illustration. Vanessa is the illustrator of Ruby’s New Home, A Team Stays Together!, and Justin and the Bully—all by Tony and Lauren Dungy—as well as Presenting…Tallulah by Tori Spelling. She hopes that when people look at her work, it will make them feel happy in some way, or even reclaim a bit of their childhood.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 480L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416994041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416994046
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #962,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By My Baby James on December 19, 2011
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This is a great story about finding oneself. The illustrations are beautiful! Also, if you're a Tori Spelling fan, you'll enjoy noticing the similarities and characters between Tallulah's world and Tori's world.
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I did everything in my power to keep an open, unbiased, mind as I read this to my 6 year old. The story is pretty simple - a little girl stands out, and isn't accepted by her peers, because her parents want her to be well dressed, be transported to school in a limousine, and to not get dirty. It turns out she's a female Richie Rich, the poor little rich girl.

I'm sure the little boys and girls who gave Tallulah a rough time know someone (a parent) who was laid off when Tallulah's dad moved the local factory to China. In the age of off-shoring, sub-prime meltdowns, etc, feeling sympathy for someone of excessive wealth and privilege is ridiculous.

The story gets worse. We are introduced to Max, Tallulah's friend who is an odd light-brown colour, and wears a tie - a Hispanic Alex P. Keaton, perhaps. He is the new kid, and also an outcast due to his higher socio-economic status. He doesn't do much, other than to appear in page after page with Tallulah. A nice touch of political-correctness.

Other aspects of the story are even more ridiculous. The cruel, heartless poor kids see a puppy stranded on a log in the middle of the schools fishing pond. In this age of bubble-wrapped children, that pond would never have existed. Regardless, these unaccompanied children stand at the edge of this future lawsuit masquerading as a wet-land, and taunt the puppy before running off to do whatever poor kids do (steal from a store, maybe burn down a building, or beat an old woman senseless for her social security check). Obviously, only wealthy children can have any sense of empathy.

Leave it up to Tallulah and two-dimensional Max to save the day, using Tallulahs sash to rescue the puppy.
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My 4 yr old daughter got this book as birthday present and we read together once. I wish I had read it first by myself before that. There is no applicable moral from the story and nothing I can or want my daughter to relate to. Super rich girl who has everything, inhibited by her family, alienated by unprivileged people around her, finally freed herself when she rescued a dog and befriended another super rich boy...I have a hard time believing the story. This book feels like more of self expression - probably more of a reflection of the author's own childhood. It has more self pity than gratitude. I wouldn't want my daughter to read it again.
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What a great idea taking the odd one out from a different angle. I first borrowed it from the library for my grandkids and they loved it so much they begged me to buy it. And how sad we were to find she has not written anymore stories about Tallulah. Please write more stories about her. After reading the book we had a good discussion about it. They were 7 and 8 and they 'got' it.
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I ordered this book for my 5yr old cousin when i ordered other tori spelling books for my self. It was honestly a great purchase. ive already read this book to her about 3-4 times and she still loves it and wants me to read it to her a few nights a week. It not only has great pictures, it teaches a lesson and to me thats one thing that i love about this book. I like that my cousin will get something good out of this book and also be able to enjoy it. Im glad my money was well worth the purchase!
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Ok, so the story about the poor unaccepted kid who really has a lot of heart has been done to death. What new direction can we take...how about a extremely rich girl who isn't allowed to wear "regular" kid clothes, walk to school like "regular" kids, and eat "regular" kid food and is instead, horrifyingly, forced to wear designer clothes, ride to school in a limo, and eat gourmet food!

I'll bet at this point there is not a dry eye reading this review.

Probably loosely based on Tori's life, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief while reading this to my 2-year old.

I suppose the merits of this book include teaching kids that...actually, I have no idea what the merits of this book are. Sorry.

She does rescue a dog that the mean "regular" kids say is too ugly to care about (those heartless 99%-er's), so you know...that's good.

Why did I give this book 2 stars? The illustrations. Very well done.
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I read this book to my class and they were all tuned in...the boys and the girls. I thought it was cute. I had no idea what it was about until I read it to them. I think it is a great kids book. I as a Tori Spelling fan assume that the guy in the book is one of her gays. I don't agree with that lifestyle but I do like that in the book it shows kids that other people are different AND IF you don't know about her gay friend you would not pick it up in the book either because it is not an in your face promotion of homosexuality. Thanks Tori, I adore you! The little boy just seems like a kid for whatever reason understands what she is going through because he has been picked on too! I checked it out of the library, but if I had a girl she would be gettting this book. I don't know Tori but I wish I did and could have the pleasure of spending just a few hours with her. I love her books. Her audio books are superb. I think she is just one chick that people want to find fault at no matter what she does. Keep writing Tori!
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