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"The reader will be delighted by the different outfits that Chamelia chooses to wear... This is great story for reading aloud and for beginning readers."
From the Publisher
Praise for Chamelia and the New Kid in Class:
A 2014 Children's Choice Book Awards Finalist
"Long makes Chamelia, and now Cooper as well, pop off the pages with collaged, fabric-patterned clothing...His characters are expressive to the nth degree...Chamelia's upturned snout speaks volumes"
Praise for Chamelia:
An L.A. Times summer reading pick"
The clever incorporation of actual textile, as busy and vibrant as Chamelia herself, invigorates... she is one unique lizard."Kirkus"
The reader will be delighted by the different outfits that Chamelia chooses to wear... This is great story for reading aloud and for beginning readers."Library Media Connection"
His digitally collaged pictures, which are composed along a single, stagelike plane, have comic energy."Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
If camouflage is meant to keep chameleons undetected, Chamelia isn't interested. While her small classmates prefer to be shades of pale yellow-green, Chamelia sports a vivid viridian to offset her chic outfits in brightly patterned fabricsshe loves high heels and boots, too. Clearly, Chamelia's the star of the classroom, in school and out. When a new kid named Cooper appears and attracts some attention, what's a star to do but fight for her audience? Youngsters may recognize friends (or themselves) as Chamelia pouts, ignores, boos, or blows raspberries whenever Cooper performs; she even turns down an especially luscious cupcake he brings as his birthday treat. The climax comes when the two do their stuff at Show and Tell, Chamelia with her shells and Cooper with his rock collection. At first, the kids admire Chamelia's tactics to humiliate Cooper, but suddenly, the little star realizes that Cooper has talent too, and she decides to share the limelight. Readers who've already met this divain Long's Chamelia (Little, Brown, 2011)will detect a difference from Chamelia's previous decision to make herself lovable by blending in with others. How much more satisfying to remain a star, sharing the act with "an excellent sidekick!" The crayon-bright digital illustrations with bits of photo collage forming rocks and shells, cupcakes and printed fabrics make the expressive chameleons fun for read-alouds. This story provides excellent fodder for discussion of just how far to go in being outrageously different. (Parents and teachers, too, can admire Chamelia's fashion sense and her outstanding accessories.) Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
The unique Chamelia is back, but this time her antics and loud outfits aren't enough to make her the center of attention, a position that has been stolen by the new kid in school, Cooper. The chameleon diva is singing and dancing through her rendition of her summer vacation for her enraptured classmates when Mrs. Knight introduces the interloper. Not only is this the end of her show, it is the end of Chamelia as the standout in class. His portraits have the other kids clamoring to be drawn in art, his team wins at soccer, and his after-school games enthrall everyone--except Chamelia, who's not used to coming in second place in anything. Finally, Chamelia decides that his run needs to end: She sabotages his show-and-tell presentation. But when her plan works too well, "[s]uddenly, being the best felt the worst," and she changes her attitude and actions to "show the class what it really meant to be a star." As in her eponymous first outing (2011), Long makes Chamelia, and now Cooper as well, pop off the pages with collaged, fabric-patterned clothing, in contrast to the other chameleons' solid, pastel outfits. His characters are expressive to the nth degree, their eyes (and eyelids) and mouths showing emotion, while their body language leaves no doubt as to their feelings--Chamelia's upturned snout speaks volumes. Giving up the starring role isn't easy, but readers may appreciate Chamelia's example. (Picture book. 4-7)