Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Glamourpuss by Sarah Weeks -- ADVISABLE

Weeks, Sarah Glamourpuss, illustrated by David Small. PICTURE BOOK. Scholastic Press, February 24, 2015. $16.99. Content: G.

Glamourpuss is used to getting all the attention in her household. After all, she is gorgeous and stylish -- and completely spoiled. But when her owner's sister comes to visit and brings along a puppy, Glamourpuss is horrified. Not only does she now have to vie for attention, but there's no way around it: that dog is tacky. As it turns out, though, just because someone is made to dress and act a certain way on the outside, it doesn't mean it suits them on the inside at all.

Glamourpuss is a hilarious story, filled with character and voice and a few fun surprises. The hot pink, sparkly (on the review copy, at least) cover is eye-catching and captures the spirit of the story well, and the moral is wonderful while not being preachy. A fun tale for kids and cat-lovers of all ages. While the book seems made for elementary school children, I might also stock it in a middle or high school library to share with students who feel awkward and out-of-place and seem to be searching for permission to be themselves instead of what society has made them believe they are.

EL -- ADVISABLE. MS, HS -- OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Caryn

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