From School Library Journal
Grade 1–4—This jauntily illustrated alphabet of all things fabulous will find a willing audience among elementary-age divas already dreaming of careers in the spotlight. With each letter, this historical tour highlights Western trends from the age of Cleopatra through the grunge era of the early '90s. Beginning with the best accessory, "attitude," readers learn about flappers, go-go boots, intruding wig snatchers ("I is for an Illegal Intruder the wig snatcher"), teetering on chopines, and "your very own style." Each heading is accompanied by two or three paragraphs of background information-enough to satisfy casual readers while inspiring the historically inclined to do some further reading. The whimsical gouache and India ink illustrations are a pleasing complement to the sassy text. This book fits cozily between other fashion must-haves like Kate Feiffer's Double Pink
(S & S) on the younger end and Leslie Sills's From Rags to Riches
(Holiday House, both 2005) for more sophisticated readers. A safe bet wherever little girls love to look lovely.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 10, 2008:
“Witty as the writing may be, the illustrations are irresistible. Like the best fashion, the lines and colors feel effortlessly right.”