Monday, May 11, 2015

Book for the Fashionable Kid

I love Project Runway! So when a book came along that has it's main character competing in a show that is basically Project Runway for teens, I was not going to let go by without a read.  Fun story and fabulous illustrations make this a go to book for any teen in your life who is enamored with fashion.

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Title: Chloe by Design: Making the Cut

Author: Margaret Gurevich

Target: Grades 4-8

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:  
Chloe loves to design clothes and when the show Design Diva’s is casting for a teen show, Chloe can’t wait to audition.  But the competition is stiff and her arch rival is also trying to secure a spot.  Between rodeo outfits and toy store inspired clothes, Chloe not only has to stay true to her design aesthetic, but also make each design her own.  Does she have what it takes to win the New York internship?

Why I love this book: 
Ok, two words: Project Runway.  I have watched every season, so I was thrilled to see a story that took the show’s concept and translated it for teens.  It was absolutely entertaining to see what challenges they had to face and how each contestant took their designs in different direction.

The illustrations also elevated the book and were a perfect complement to the story.  We get to see Chloe’s concepts as they evolve and then her final design along with her competitors creations.  Brooke Hagel did a beautiful job making the illustrations feel like a designer had created them and that we were getting a lucky glimpse into the design book of someone extremely talented.

Who this book is for: 
This book is in the YA section, but is perfectly appropriate for tweens.  Any kid who loves clothes will not be able to put this one down.  I will note that the designers are both boys and girls so even fashionable guys should feel at home with this book.  

You thankfully do not need to be an expert seamstress to understand how the contestants took on the design challenges.

Final thoughts: 
While I loved the book, I would have liked to see even more “out there” design challenges for the kids.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Chloe by Design: Making the Cut  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.  

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