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Author: Jean Reidy

Illustrator: Genevieve Leloup

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA,

Material: Galley

Summary: Mom arrives with a pile of clothes so that our young narrator can get dressed. Slowly she winnows the pile, as she eliminates everything that is too tickly or too prickly; too itchy or too stitchy; too stripey, too baggy, too polk-a-dot-y, and more. This is a rhyming picture book that will tickle pre-readers and help new readers gain confidence.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, family reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 2 to 8

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter has giggled and pointed her way through this book for a week now. She loves reading it from the front, or starting from the back.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a cute book. It would have been fun to have when she was a clothes-finicky toddler, but it still holds value now! The little girl and her pigtails are just adorable, as are her Charlie Brown-like features and expressions. This is a great book for Kindergartners and struggling first grade readers to build confidence and practice sight words and word families.

Pros: Parents of little girls and little girls themselves will love this colorful book about finding the clothes that are "just right."

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It is fun to read (and you'll read it several times!!) but your child will outgrow it ... just like their clothes.


Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up a galley version of this book at the Kidlitosphere Conference, October 2009

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, rhyme, humor

Date(s) Reviewed: November 2009

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