I AM FAMOUS by Tara Luebbe

I AM FAMOUS

Age Range: 3 - 7
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Move over, Eloise, Fancy Nancy, and Olivia; this curly-haired, brown-skinned protagonist has miles of flair and knows how to use it.

This braggadocious protagonist declares that she’s been famous as long as she can remember. And she has. Or at least her parents treat her as though she has. While the illustrations show her being a typical kid—making a mess eating spaghetti as a toddler and later donning grown-up dress-up clothes—the text tells of her being catered to at every turn. Her family (the paparazzi) record her constantly, post movies of her that go viral, and treat her like royalty for mediocre performances. The color-filled, energetic art and excellent use of white space illustrate well that what the protagonist says is true: Lew-Vriethoff paints her 38 times in this 32-page book! In the end, the message prevails that her family loves her unconditionally. But this hyperbolic picture book also illustrates how easy it is for 21st-century kids to develop an inflated sense of self and feel entitled to rewards they haven’t earned. Tongue-in-cheek and humorous, this commentary that’s spot-on for kids growing up in a digital age will entertain children while giving their parents some apt food for thought.

Glamour, attitude, bucketloads of confidence, and a hefty dose of narcissism all rolled into the big personality of one memorable little girl. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-8075-3440-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




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