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Sunday, 28 July 2019

Review: Fashionista

The multi-talented, award-winning Maxine Beneba Clarke has created a book for children as singular and interesting as she is. 

She writes like she talks – fast and furious, short and sharp, cool and collected, clever and unstoppable. 

Her book is full of empowerment, self-belief, individuality and colour. It is strongly directed at children, with the leading theme being self-image and acceptance of who you are.

Who are you? What is it about you that’s individual and inspiring?

This book is about being yourself, with a proud attitude to who you are. 

You can express it in the way you present yourself through dress style, hair and colour choices. Each time, you are making a statement, so be aware of what you are saying.

Too much can say too little and vice-versa. A fashionista is fashioned from the outrageous, to the understated daggy trackies that people feel so comfortable wearing. There is a mixture of patterns and stripes worn together. Socks and hats speak volumes depending on who wears them and how. ‘Find something you love and fast-make it yours.’

The images reflect the freedom of choice exercised by people who dare to be themselves.

The abstract designs incorporate shades and shapes of faceless famous figures in fashion for readers to discover. The illustrations are created using watercolour pencil, and hand-cut collage on textured paper. Colour plays the biggest role and the text is inspiring.

For anyone wanting something different to encourage them to show who they are, this is for you. It’s an ideal gift for friends that need to lighten up, or those that love the unusual, bizarre, or unconventional. Even those who just want something different!

Title: Fashionista
Author / Illustrator: Maxine Beneba Clarke
Publisher: Hachette, $19.99
Publication Date: July 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780734418975
For ages: 8+
Type: Gift Book

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