Amy Is Famous

illus. by Yuyi Chen. 40p. Imprint. Feb. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250134905.
PreS-Gr 2—At school, Amy gets a star for a poem she wrote about her stuffed bear. The next week she gets a star for a drawing. "Stars for a star" her teacher says and Amy basks in the limelight. She decides that she wants to be famous. She will be in magazines, on TV, and will be the most important person. A new girl, Cecile, comes to school one day. Cecile garners the attention that Amy craves with her fabulous accessories. There cannot be two famous people in one tiny classroom. Amy tells her mother how unhappy she is and her mother explains that perhaps the new girl is trying to make friends. Amy will not listen. Her mother arranges a playdate with Cecile. Amy discovers she and Cecile have more in common than she had thought. Both girls conclude that being a star all the time can be tiresome. In addition, being a regular' girl and a friend is just as fun. Cutesy, digital illustrations with an inclusive group of children should appeal to readers. Bright reds, purples, and pinks mirror the many girlish elements throughout. Best suited for an older picture book audience, as there is a great deal of text, both conversational and narrative.
VERDICT Young girls, particularly those immersed in pop-culture, may find a message of the importance of friendship over more shallow pursuits.

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