When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe s friend Emma, Chloe decides she ll make a present something you can t buy in a store. Read more...
When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe s friend Emma, Chloe decides she ll make a present something you can t buy in a store. But crafting isn t easy, and it s beginning to look like she won t have a great idea in time. Fortunately, with a good doodle session and a whole lot of glitter to inspire her, Chloe figures out just the thing to save the day and with a little help from her trusty glue gun, she just might save a friendship, too
This inventive and irresistible picture book will have young readers itching to reach for their googly eyes.
Check out CraftyChloe.com to learn how to make the cool crafts featured in the book
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2011-12-12
- Reviewer: Staff
Chloe can stitch and glue like nobody’s business. She makes fetching hats out of coffee filters (Mom, who clearly need her caffeine, is not amused). She designs dapper clothes for her dog, who promptly assumes a swinger’s swagger. And she embellishes her baby brother with googly eyes because, as DiPucchio (Zombie in Love) explains in a gently precocious tone, they make “anything... less boring.” While it’s smart to tap into the Etsy zeitgeist, this story of an ingenious heroine relies on some inelegant ideas. Why does Chloe have to be a loser at everything but crafting? Why is her nemesis a standard-issue fashionista who thinks crafting is déclassé (and is, of course, won over)? Luckily, Ross, a crafter herself, saves the premise with her sprightly cartooning and evident sympathies for her heroine. The book is at its best capturing Chloe in full DIY mode, totally focused on creating something fabulous from the supplies scattered in front of her. Anyone wanting to teach a child the rewards of being “in the zone” should just open the book to one of those pages. Ages 4–8. Agent: Writers House. (Feb.)