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Jan 17 2019

Lottie Perkins: Fashion designer by Katrina Nannestad

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Ill. by Makoto Koji. ABC Books, 2018. ISBN 9780733339080.
(Age: 5-7) Highly recommended. Themes: Friendship. Fashion. Creativity. Seven year old Lottie Perkins demonstrates her awesome creativity and flair by becoming a fashion designer, utilising items from her family wardrobe. The 'success' of her initial items for herself and her goat eventually leads to a business offer from the local Pet store. Lottie's nemesis, Harper Dark, though, is unimpressed and tries hard to bring her down. Fortunately, Lottie has a faithful best friend in Sam Bell whose encouragement and support keeps her from ever struggling under the bully's taunts.
Katrina Nannestad delightfully introduces the entertaining characters with under-stated humour and whimsy. The illustrations by Makoto Koji are equally fanciful in their simple cartoon style. There is nothing but delight in this simple easy-to-read early chapter book, with a page of fashion stickers at the end of the book to add to the appeal.
Highly recommended for readers aged 5-7.
Carolyn Hull

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