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Sunday 27 December 2015

Review: I Had a Favorite Dress

Like many kids, our young protagonist has a favourite item of clothing--a fluffy pink dress. This little girl simply adores it, wearing it every Tuesday because Tuesday is her favourite day of the week.

But little girls tend to grow, and pretty soon, the Tuesday dress no longer fits. Thank goodness for mum who--with a snip snip sew sew, hello!--produces a shirt version of the dress.

Now her favouritist item of clothing, our girl wears her shirt on Wednesdays, until ... it, too, becomes too small.
And on it goes, with our girl sprouting up and the days of the week rolling by, and her clothes shrinking down down down, thanks to a very creative mum who's a dab hand on the sewing machine.

I wonder what item of clothing she'll eventually be left with?

I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. I'm not personally into 'girlie' stories but this story has such exuberance and charm--anchored in a really cool concept that many mums and daughters can relate to.

The text, although on the higher side, is also likeable in that it's very easy to read and enjoy. Exuberance shines through again in the use of onomatopoeia and fabulous creative typesetting.

Another exuberance, beyond the delightful characters, are the illustrations. Julia Denos' whimsical, multi-media creations are just divine in their quirk, movement,  detail, colour palette and characterisation.

Great fun, and sure to become many a child's favourite.

Also in this series: I Had a Favorite Hat, illustrated by Robyn Ng.

Title: I Had a Favorite Dress
Author: Boni Ashburn
Illustrator: Julia Denos
Publisher: Abrams, $19.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2011
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9781419700163
For ages: 5 - 8
Type: Picture Book