Saturday, April 26, 2014

What a Babe review

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Boca Raton, FL - The newest member of the Starlette Universe crew makes her sparkling debut in the first of six Lil' LILLY books, What a Babe!
Lil' LILLY brings pre-schoolers to the girly-girl Starlette Universe audience as she wonderingly discovers the baby world around her. Lil' LILLY fits very nicely into Starlette Universe middle-grade books, continuing the good vs. evil theme prevalent throughout the series.
Lil' LILLY is a happy, inquisitive, adventurous, stubborn, loving child prone to misadventure, chock full of love for older sis Skylar, ("Know whom I love to kiss? Skylar! My big sis!”) as well as her animal friends. Her interactions with Flighty the Pig, Fraidy Cat, Punkin the Dog, Blossom the Cow, and Evil Eva all show a charming child dealing with whatever circumstance comes her way.
Girl power abounds through her interaction with new friend Ollie, and Lil' LILLY approaches all situations with both a serious and witty take on right and wrong. Each illustration features a punning rhyme beneath it, with Lil' LILLY living life mostly on a 'ST'ROLLER' (stroller) coaster, thinking her baby food is 'GOO'ed, and nightly, shutting her eyes tightly, "just wishing (evil nemesis) 'EVE' would leave." Lil' LILLY's life is cheery and upbeat ("'BOW' your horn! It's great to be born!") as she herself comments: "My life on Earth has gone S'WELL' since birth."
The Starlette Universe brings ethics, etiquette, and excitement to 'tween and teen girls everywhere. With the Lil' LILLY preschool series, the younger set gets the opportunity to embrace morals and manners -- as well as an optimistic outlook -- at an early age. The short rhymes and wordplay (also known as "STARLETTE-isms") create a reading experience some declare as reminiscent of Dr. Seuss.

Very pleasing  with colorful illustrations in a comic style, this story is wacky and fun.  Lilly certainly knows her mind and isn't afraid to tell you about it. I found the humor just a bit over the top for my particular taste but for many the outrageous Lilly may entertain and delight.
2.5 stars
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review 

About the book:

What a Babe! by Kathy Johnson
ISBN: 978-0615891743
Publisher: Kulpa Publishing
Date of publish: September 2013
Pages: 32
S.R.P.: $7.99
About the author:
Kathy Johnson is a Boca Raton, Florida, attorney and mother of Miss Vermont 1999 and Miss Vermont USA 2001. The six Starlettes from Starlette Universe appeared in Pageantry Magazine for eight years.

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