I USED TO BE FAMOUS by Tara Luebbe

I USED TO BE FAMOUS

Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The spotlight gets crowded when this cheeky, young, self-proclaimed starlet must share the attention with her new sister.

Kiely is the star of every show. She has all of the hallmarks of a celebutante: a personal shopper, a superb biography, and a (chalk-drawn) star on the sidewalk. But with a new celebrity in town holding everyone’s attention, Kiely wonders how the latest addition to the family can have more star power than she does. The new baby can’t act, dance, or sing, she has no fashion sense, and she smells like poo. Kiely decides to work on her act and her look and even tries to force a new audience, but ultimately she still must share her mother’s attention with the new addition to the family. But just as she resigns herself to obscurity, she realizes that she has a new fan. Together, Kiely and her new co-star, Abby, realize that they can share their paparazzi. This clever exploration of the mixed emotions of welcoming a new baby into a family is sure to elicit more than a few laughs from the divas accustomed to having all the attention. With swift, assured lines and warm colors, the illustrations are full of fun and motion. Kiely, the brown-skinned, curly-haired protagonist, has more than enough sass and sparkle to spare, as her doting extended black family knows.

The pair are as cute as they are memorable. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-8075-3443-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2019




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