Edie's Ensembles

Edie's Ensembles

by Ashley Spires
     
 

Edie is known for her great outfits and stylish flair. She and her best friend Andrew spend a lot of time playing dress-up. The school hall is their runway. Edie loves the compliments and whispers of admiration, so much so that she begins dressing in increasingly outrageous outfits to get even more attention. No outfit is too bizarre, no costume too flamboyant for

Overview

Edie is known for her great outfits and stylish flair. She and her best friend Andrew spend a lot of time playing dress-up. The school hall is their runway. Edie loves the compliments and whispers of admiration, so much so that she begins dressing in increasingly outrageous outfits to get even more attention. No outfit is too bizarre, no costume too flamboyant for Edie. She's so busy coming up with her newest eye-catching ensemble that she doesn't even have time for Andrew anymore ... until one day Edie creates an outfit so weird and so big and bulky that she gets stuck in the doorway. Will anyone notice that this budding fashionista is in trouble?

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR Ashley Spires:
"Spires's mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect." - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, (Binky the Space Cat)
"Fans will celebrate; aliens will quiver in fright." - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, (Binky Under Pressure)
"... a doozy of a picture book ... big, bold pages will be enjoyed by big groups and independent readers alike." — Starred Review, Booklist, (Larf)
"Humor has always been a strong suit for Spires, and her drily funny storytelling will entertain children, older siblings, and adults alike." — Publishers Weekly (Larf)
"Spires' tale of an unconventional pirate might travel familiar ground, but her dry humor, so wonderfully displayed in the Binky graphic novels, elevates Saul to great heights. The cartoon watercolor illustrations are always hilariously at odds with the understated text. Charrrh-ming." — Kirkus Reviews (Small Saul)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-29
A budding fashion maven learns the hard way what defines personal style. Taking the metaphor of a fashion animal rather literally, Spires here concocts the tale of zany rodentlike Edie and her bird best friend, Andrew. For Edie, "the hall at school [is] her runway," and she and Andrew delight in spending hours each afternoon choosing the next day's outfits. Edie revels in the attention her inspired fashion choices bring her, but one day, when no one comments on her elegant scarf or fancy Italian shoes, and her "turquoise cashmere sweater" gains notice only after spilling mustard on it, Edie ups the ante and determines that her next outfit must stop the show. The more attention Edie's ensembles earn, the more driven she becomes to outdo herself, much to the detriment of her friendship with Andrew and—quite unbeknownst to Edie—her reputation. When her most outlandish design (something of a cross between an accordion and a truck tire) results in her getting stuck in the school entrance, and no one comes to her aid, Edie finally understands that perhaps the most daring fashions are those that allow one's true self to shine through. Spires' digitally rendered illustrations place Edie and her friends on expanses of white space, drawing the focus to her fashion excesses while maintaining readers' sympathy with Edie herself. A heartwarming tale of self-discovery and friendship. (Picture book. 4-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770494909
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
10/14/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
831,309
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ashley Spires, author and illustrator of numerous funny books for children including the Binky the Space Cat series, was born and raised in BC with eight cats and a dog. After spending some time living in Toronto and Saskatoon, she has returned to the BC life, living in Ladner with her three cats, one dog and a man. When she is not running or bike riding, she makes children's books, many of which feature dapper and stylish characters, and have won numerous awards, including Ontario's Silver Birch Express, the Atlantic Province's Hackmatack, Saskatchewan's Shining Willow and BC's Chocolate Lily Award. Visit Ashley at her website www.ashleyspires.com or follow her on twitter: @ashleyspires

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