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Wednesday 11 November 2015

Review: Scarlett, Starlet

Scarlett is very shiny. She's a star, according to her mum and dad--and there's no doubt this poppet has talent.

You see, she simply loves to dance. From the moment she wakes, there's kicking and leaping and pirouettes galore. Anywhere and everywhere, that little girl is on the rhythmic hop. Even Little Jazzy Jo-Jo the pup loves to join in.

While it's all good and well dancing around the lounge room to happy parental applause. What Scarlett really wants to do is dance on stage. A real life big, shiny stage.

And Scarlett gets her chance.
But her sidekick Jazzy Jo-Jo is not allowed on a real stage. Can Scarlett perform? Or will she freeze under the bright lights and pressure?

This is a truly gorgeous, romping, feel-good tale that will appeal to the many kids dancing their way through childhood--whether formally or just for fun around the clothesline at home.

The energy and whimsy of the text and imagery is invigorating and warm--just like the sunshiny little girl in the title. Quay's divine imagery--both full page and vignette--is charm personified, with a high-kicking colour palette and linework to make any reader smile.

Great characters, warmth, action and fun--Scarlett, Starlet is quite simply a feel-good tale that smacks of Classic. Let's hope Scarlett returns for another mini adventure soon.

Title: Scarlett, Starlet
Author/Illustrator: Emma Quay
Publisher: ABC Books, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 21 October 2015
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780733331589
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book