A wonderfully comprehensive, accessible and realistic entree into the dynamic world of fashion.




From the Be What You Want series , Vol. 5

A panoramic view of the fashion industry geared to would-be fashionistas.

In the latest installment of the practical Be What You Want series, which has previously explored careers ranging from comic illustration to being a chef, Wooster unlocks the mysteries of fashion. Tackling one of the most lucrative global industries, Wooster breaks fashion down into five broad areas: design, patternmaking and garment production, merchandising, journalism and photography, and fabric styling. Each field is then showcased from a variety of perspectives, one of which always includes at least one Q-and-A–style profile of a relatively young practitioner in that specialty—some impressively well below legal drinking age. Throughout this fashion primer, the importance of creativity and confidence in one’s vision repeatedly shines through, as evidenced by 16-year-old fashion designer Courtney Allegra, who advises: “If you want to be in fashion, you have to be determined, focused, and confident. Don’t follow the trends if you don’t want to….Design what you want!” Wooster backs up this inspiring message with activities for readers to hone their own interests and skills. The copious resources provided here include not only a glossary, notes, and detailed bibliography, but tempting lists of fashion-related films and television shows, fashion camps, top fashion schools and online games.

A wonderfully comprehensive, accessible and realistic entree into the dynamic world of fashion. (Nonfiction. 8-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 16, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-58270-453-1

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Beyond Words/Aladdin

Review Posted Online: June 18, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2014

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A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers.



A compendium of paranormal doings, natural horrors, and eerie wonders worldwide and (in several senses) beyond.

Maladroit title aside (“…in Bed” would make more sense, cautionwise), this collection of hauntings, cryptids, natural and historical mysteries, and general titillation (“Vampire bats might be coming for you!”) offers a broad array of reasons to stay wide awake. Arranged in no discernible order the 60-plus entries include ghostly sightings in the White House and various castles, body-burrowing guinea worms, the Nazca lines of Peru, Mothman and Nessie, the hastily abandoned city of Pripyat (which, thanks to the Chernobyl disaster, may be habitable again…in 24,000 years), monarch-butterfly migrations, and diverse rains of fish, frogs, fireballs, and unidentified slime. Each is presented in a busy whirl of narrative blocks, photos, graphics, side comments, and arbitrary “Fright-O-Meter” ratings (Paris’ “Creepy Catacombs” earn just a “4” out of 10 and black holes a “3,” but the aforementioned aerial amphibians a full “10”). The headers tend toward the lurid: “Jelly From Space,” “Zombie Ants,” “Mongolian Death Worm.” Claybourne sprinkles multiple-choice pop quizzes throughout for changes of pace.

A rich source of terrors both real and manufactured, equally effective in broad daylight or beneath the bedcovers. (Nonfiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4263-2841-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: National Geographic

Review Posted Online: May 15, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2017

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In a large, handsome format, Tarnowska offers six tales plus an abbreviated version of the frame story, retold in formal but contemporary language and sandwiched between a note on the Nights’ place in her childhood in Lebanon and a page of glossary and source notes. Rather than preserve the traditional embedded structure and cliffhanger cutoffs, she keeps each story discrete and tones down the sex and violence. This structure begs the question of why Shahriyar lets Shahrazade [sic] live if she tells each evening’s tale complete, but it serves to simplify the reading for those who want just one tale at a time. Only the opener, “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,” is likely to be familiar to young readers; in others a prince learns to control a flying “Ebony Horse” by “twiddling” its ears, contending djinn argue whether “Prince Kamar el Zaman [or] Princess Boudour” is the more beautiful (the prince wins) and in a Cinderella tale a “Diamond Anklet” subs for the glass slipper. Hénaff’s stylized scenes of domed cityscapes and turbaned figures add properly whimsical visual notes to this short but animated gathering. (Folktales. 10-12)


Pub Date: Dec. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-84686-122-2

Page Count: 128

Publisher: Barefoot

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2010

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