Friday, March 9, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Crafty Chloe

Welcome to Perfect Picture Book Friday! I hope this post will be a help to those who love picture books and want to share them with their own children or those they teach.

Written by: Kelly DiPucchio
Illustrated by: Heather Ross

Atheneum Books for Young Readers  2012
Fiction for ages 4 to 8

Themes: crafts, creativity, friendship, helping others

Opening and brief synopsis:
I have to share the first three pages.
This is Chloe.
Chloe isn’t very good at sports.
Video games were never her thing.
And when she took dance lessons, she had the grace of a camel in roller skates.

From the Simon & Schuster website:
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!

Why I like this book:
This new picture book series from Kelly DiPucchio and Heather Ross feature a new lovable character in Chloe. Chloe may not be the best athlete or very good at video games, but she has amazing talent when it comes to being crafty. She is her own woman and uses her talents to help others and make them happy. I love Kelly DiPucchio’s books (she’s a fellow Michigander) and her writing style is so fun and real. She brings her characters to life in their own original and special way. I can’t wait for more Chloe!

Check out It features “how to’s” of the crafts featured in the book as well as other fun info about Chloe.

Perfect Picture Book Friday is a wonderful idea started by Susanna Leonard Hill.  For other “Just Right” books, visit her blog.