Saturday, June 5, 2010
Title: Glamour Girl From the Stars
Author/Illustrator: Carlton Scott
Review Copy Provided by: Promo 101 Virtual Blog Tours
About the Book: Out of this world rhyming story about a 3 foot tall alien girl named Plee-Dee who borrows her father's flying saucer to visit Earth hoping to enter the Miss Universe Pageant in LA. She visits different cultures around the world realizing she feels good about herself without having to enter pageants. The book intends to teach little girls self esteem. Illustrations in colored pencil and photos from the author.
My Review: This is a cute little story with a message for little girls. PleeDee wants to be in the Miss Universe Pageant, so she sets off for earth, in a spaceship. As she travels to LA, she makes stops all over the world, from the time of the dinosaurs, to 2010; she visits Vegas, Hawaii, China, Africa, and Rome. In each stop, Mr. Scott shows landmarks or animals that the spot is famous for. What a great way to introduce young children to geography!
The book is written in rhyme, which I love, but this one doesn't always have that sing-songy feel that many rhyming texts do. The illustrations appear to be colored pencil and are detailed, yet look like kid drawings, which should appeal to the children. Even though this book's main character is a girl alien, boys will like the space theme of it. Plee Dee learns that it's okay to be who you are, and that is a message that all children need to learn.