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Children's LiteratureSylvia Jean is a drama queen living in a dress-up world. Whether she becomes a super hero to help her get through her dentist appointment, a circus clown to cheer up her crying little brother, or the Statue of Liberty to welcome students on their first day of school, Sylvia Jean has a perfect costume for each and every occasion. When a town-wide costume party is announced, with a grand prize given for the best costume, Sylvia Jean is determined to win. Dressed as Sherlock Holmes, she sets off for the library in search of the perfect costume idea. But finding the winning idea proves more difficult than she originally thought. Astronaut, elephant, cheeseburger, domino, fairy, frog, she has done them all. With the contest only a day away, Sylvia Jean still has no idea for a costume. Panicked and in tears she locks herself in her bedroom and refuses to come out until she figures it out. "'Nothing comes to mind,' she sobs. 'Nothing, nothing, nothing.'" Then, when it seems all hope is lost, she hits on the perfect idea. Sylvia Jean goes as herself. Nobody recognizes her and she wins the grand prize—a trunk filled with costumes. Sylvia Jean's delightful tale, told in a light, humorous style and accompanied by soft, pastel drawings outlined in black, will delight fans of dress-up and costume-shy children alike as they learn that sometimes it is best to just be yourself. 2005, Dutton Children's Books/Penguin, Ages 4 to 8.