Amy is a star, but sharing the spotlight isn’t so easy.
When her teacher calls her a star, Amy believes she is famous. She loves being famous, signing autographs for her fans and dressing in the color of fame: red. But a new day at school brings a new girl named Cecile, and Cecile is also dressed like someone famous (Hermione Granger, accessorized, according to Cecile, with “the actual scarf” worn in a Harry Potter movie). Naturally, everyone wants to be Cecile’s friend, except for Amy. Amy’s mom encourages her to make friends, so she invites Cecile for a play date—but Cecile doesn’t want to do anything, because famous people have to always look pretty and stay clean. But that’s no fun. In the end, they agree being regular girls is better than being famous. Told from Amy’s perspective, the text ties together her experiences, imagination, and feelings. Bottner uses Amy’s teddy bear to share additional thoughts and feelings Amy may be having, similar to a conscience. While most of the illustrations are done on a white background, Chen uses color to express mood, with dull colors for sad moments and bright, bold colors for happiness. Amy and her mom present Asian, and her dad has brown skin and black hair; Cecile has light-brown skin and curly hair.
Sometimes being famous isn’t all that great, but this story of friendship, self-reliance, and overcoming jealousy is. (Picture book. 3-7)