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 Fashionista : fashion your feelings
 Author: Clarke, Maxine Beneba

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [46] p., col. ill., 25 cm

 BTSB No: 218423 ISBN: 9781536223774
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Fashion -- Fiction
 Emotions -- Fiction
 Attitude (Psychology) -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Bold, vibrant, and minimalist illustrations celebrate the joy of expressing oneself through fashion.

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/15/22)
   School Library Journal (11/01/22)
   Booklist (12/01/22)

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School Library Journal - 11/01/2022 K-Gr 3—Readers can explore the confidence and joy of fashion and self-expression in this empowering picture book. Clarke defines "fashionista" as someone who "digs fashion" and believes that it's "great fun to dress up, step out, and show off looks they love." Bold, collage-style illustrations depict a variety of individuals donning unique clothing choices, eye-catching hair styles, and brilliant makeup looks. Energetic spreads describe the various moods and days that match each look, such as "dozy days" for pajamas, while "pretty-proud-prancing" calls for hot pink leggings. Clothes can be brand new, handmade, or handed down—whatever makes the wearers feel their best. Spirited, enthusiastic text along with minimalist, striking illustrations make this an excellent choice for reading aloud. Characters are diverse in skin color and age. This title would make an excellent companion to books such as Saadia Faruqi's Yasmin the Fashionista and Deborah Blumenthal's Fancy Party Gowns. VERDICT Upbeat and cheerful, this story is a welcome addition to most collections.—Olivia Gorecke - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/01/2022 This is an infectious celebration of fashion and individual style. Lyrical lines twist, twirl, and strut across pages, and collage figures in hues of black, brown, beige, and pink show off all kinds of creative hip-hop-inspired outfits. Be it ruffles or boots, homemade, hand-me-down, or brand new, readers are encouraged to “Put on your passion. Wear your heart on your sleeve . . . / Work it. Rock it. Believe.” The androgynous models, who have full figures and lifelike shapes, are shown in dynamic stances, dancing, jumping, striking poses, preening. All figures have featureless faces, making it easier for readers to imagine themselves stepping out. There are references to hairstyles, shoes, socks, and makeup: “Low down loan Mama’s lipstick. / Let it shimmery-­shine; sparkly special, and delightfully divine.” Of course, there’s also recognition that “Some dozy days are who-cares-what-you-wear. / You stay lazy in pajamas and don’t comb your hair.” This happy message about being yourself goes down nice and easy, and the vibrant illustrations are sure to attract browsers. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.

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