Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer Review and Giveaway

by Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Published August 2, 2016
Sterling Children's Books
32 Pages
Review copy provided by publisher

Goodreads Summary
This little Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some of childhood's most beloved characters go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear, too) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary's school friends look fantastic in their finery. But are they now too well dressed for recess? Not to worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!

My Thoughts
Everyone has a little glamor girl in their lives. I remember when my daughter (now 14) used to put together outfits that clashed spectacularly with high heels and sparkles everywhere. 

This book is very clever. Not only does it rhyme, without sounding contrived (very tricky to pull off), but it is a modified fairy tale that brings in characters from other well-known fairy tales.  It takes place on the first day of school at Mother Goose Elementary. Mary arrives at school dressed to the nines only to notice her classmates like Little Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie and Mary (with the lamb) to are "glam-less" in their ordinary clothes. She sets to work to glam things up at school, to the children's delight until they realize they are not dressed to play at recess. The ending is cute and shows that even glamor girls like to play and get messy. 

I think kids will love this version of an old tale. The illustrations are very bright and colorful with many different character backgrounds represented. I loved how Vanessa Brantley-Newton sprinkled in vintage papers and fabrics giving it a unique feel. 

This is a fun new book to add to your school or classroom library or to pass on to your favorite fashion diva. I would recommend it for grades K-2.

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  1. My little girls will LOVE this book! Wendy 1stgradefireworks

  2. This book sounds so cute! my little one likes to put on dress up clothes and jewelry to look glam :)

  3. My daughter loves to be a little glam baby with her princess sunglasses :)

  4. Would love to win this book for my tiny human! She is a glam baby.

  5. This is a great book for anyone who loves makeovers!

  6. My daughter thinks she's a glamour queen! She'd like this book.
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  7. My daughter LOVES anything fancy! Fun!