THE KETTLES GET NEW CLOTHES by Dayle Ann Dodds

THE KETTLES GET NEW CLOTHES

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Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

The Kettles are surprised to find that their old clothing store has been replaced by Monsieur Pip’s haute couture boutique. This family of dogs only wants some plain and functional clothing, but they soon find themselves dressed in a variety of colors and styles. The proprietor claims that his customers are always happy—guaranteed. Sporting paisley bellbottoms and gold chains, the Kettles decide that’s too perky and too spry. Hip stripes are too forceful and strong. Bold checks are too cheery and too snappy. Nearing the end of his rope, Monsieur Pip dresses the Kettles in dots, but they are too playful and too fun. Only Baby Kettle is happy about the exciting new clothing, smiling through all the wardrobe changes. Finally the Kettles find some plain clothing that fits the bill and everyone is relieved until Baby begins to cry. Taking his cue, Monsieur Pip takes Baby back into the dressing room for one final change of clothes. To everyone’s delight, she emerges in an exciting mix of paisley, stripes, checks, and dots, giving the littlest Kettle a look all her own. The colorful gouache illustrations are an amusing commentary on the wild world of high fashion, and young readers will delight in the whimsical details of the dog’s shopping experience. The repetitive text makes this a perfect read-aloud selection. Fun? Mais oui! “G-U-A-R-A-N-T-E-E-D!” (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-7636-1091-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2002




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