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Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up
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Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up

by Cynthia Rylant, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
 

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Playing dress-up with Brownie & Pearl is a delight in this adorable Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read story.

Brownie and Pearl adore playing dress-up. With powder, glitter, and a bit of rosy spray, Brownie and Pearl know they’re so dolled up. But will Mom and Dad agree?

This charmingly sparkly story, originally published as a picture book, is now a

Overview

Playing dress-up with Brownie & Pearl is a delight in this adorable Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read story.

Brownie and Pearl adore playing dress-up. With powder, glitter, and a bit of rosy spray, Brownie and Pearl know they’re so dolled up. But will Mom and Dad agree?

This charmingly sparkly story, originally published as a picture book, is now a Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for beginning readers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
In this book from the “Ready-to-Read” series, a young Brownie and her pet cat Pearl get all dolled up. Rylant uses the simplest words and Biggs draws cartoonish pictures to capture the reader’s interest. This sweet and sparkly story will appeal more to girls than to boys as Brownie and her kitten choose feathers, pearls, glitter and perfume to look all grown up. However, children of both genders will enjoy this story of dressing up and impressing the grown-ups. Biggs’s simple and humorous illustrations add depth and an element of fun to this ready-to-read, pre-level one book. The image of the cat Pearl almost ready to get lip stick on her cat kips, and the next page’s text assigning the lipstick to the girl adds an element of surprise. The illustration of two adult characters, visible only from their knees down, admitting that Brownie and kitten Pearl are all dolled up, is amusing. Clever teachers and librarians could use this book as a model to write a group story about boys and dogs dressing up as swashbuckling pirates and amazing superheroes! Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg; Ages 4 to 8.
Publishers Weekly
In the second book to feature Brownie and her kitty, Pearl, they’re getting dressed to the nines. Each page focuses on a different adornment Brownie and Pearl select: “Brownie finds feathers. Pearl finds pearls.... A little powder? Yes!”). The lipstick, though, is just “for Brownie.” She goes to town with the glitter, and when they step out, “everyone” (aka her parents) comments on how “dolled up” they are. Readers should, once again, enjoy being privy to Brownie and Pearl’s special world. Ages 3–5. (May)
From the Publisher
"Biggs’s digitally produced art matches the sweet sense of fun captured by Rylant’s text, together creating a lovely, girly bedtime story."—Kirkus Reviews

"Readers should, once again, enjoy being privy to Brownie and Pearl’s special world."—Publishers Weekly

"The simple text is set in big bold type and is perfect for beginning readers."—School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Chrystie Marino
In Brownie & Pearl Get Dolled Up, the reader is invited to join in every little girl's favorite pastime, playing dress up. Brownie and Pearl, her favorite playmate and tabby cat, decide to get dolled up to show Brownie's parents before bedtime. Brownie and Pearl get decked out in fancy clothes and jewelry, sparkly makeup that make their faces and hair shine like diamonds and even a bit of rosy spray. When they're all set to make their big debut, it's time to see if Brownie's parents think they are all dolled up as well. Of course they agree, even though Brownie and Pearl knew it all along. They go to bed with a smile on their faces knowing that they were so dolled up! Brownie & Pearl is an adorable read for any young girl who has a penchant for clomping around in a pair of big girl heels or trying out some of mom's lipstick. Brian Biggs' illustrations appear in a splash of feminine pinks and purples with vibrant textures that sparkle and shine right off the pages. It is one of the books in the ongoing "Brownie & Pearl" Series. Reviewer: Chrystie Marino
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this follow-up to Brownie & Pearl Step Out (S & S, 2009), Brownie, draped in a pink feather boa, applies pink lipstick, pink glitter, "rosy spray," and powder, and brushes her hair. Her cat gets a string of pearls around her furry neck and similar treatment. When they emerge from the bedroom, her parents exclaim, "You are so dolled up!" And "Brownie and Pearl know it." The simple text is set in big bold type and is perfect for beginning readers. Digitally rendered cartoon illustrations feature expressive close-ups of the "dolling up" routine and lots of pink—on fingernails, toes, bedding, and more.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews
The second Brownie and Pearl outing (Brownie & Pearl Step Out, 2010) solidifies Brownie as a true girly-girl when she squeezes in a bit of dress-up fun before bedtime. Although she's already wearing her purple pajamas, she and her cat Pearl raid a dresser for a pink feather boa, pearls, face powder, lipstick ("For Brownie," reads the text-it'd be tough for a cat to pucker up) and perfume. Hair brushed, and shod in unmentioned, though obvious, grown-up-sized purple heels, Brownie and Pearl show themselves off to the adults, presumably Brownie's more conservatively clad parents. Artwork reveals only the bottom half of the adults' bodies on the verso page, firmly situating the attention on the little girl and her pet, who look mighty pleased with themselves as the parents announce, "You are so dolled up!" By book's end, they are cozied up in bed with the boa still around them and glitter dotting their faces. Biggs's digitally produced art matches the sweet sense of fun captured by Rylant's text, together creating a lovely, girly bedtime story. (Picture book/early reader. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442495678
Publisher:
Simon Spotlight
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Brownie & Pearl Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
906,289
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at CynthiaRylant.com.

Brian Biggs is the illustrator of the popular Everything Goes, Roscoe Riley, Shredderman, and Brownie & Pearl series along with several other children’s books. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit him at MrBiggs.com.

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