Unique Monique

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Monique is too unique for a school uniform. Her not so subtle attempts to subvert it with outlandish sunglasses hair doohickeys hats nail polish and purses are shut down at every turn - until she gets colorful braces. - Kids Book Manager
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Monique is too unique for a school uniform. Her not so subtle attempts to subvert it with outlandish sunglasses hair doohickeys hats nail polish and purses are shut down at every turn - until she gets colorful braces. - Kids Book Manager
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Condemned to wear her ugly brown and blue school uniform, one day Monique, who wants to be different, decides to wear a big red hat to school. Although she is made to take it off, she inspires the other students to wear hats as well. Each day she finds something unusual to wear or do, but every one of them is banned by the principal. Finally she finds something she can have that is unique: "...the brightest and most colorful braces anyone had ever seen." Rather bland colored drawings depict a mundane, private-school world, with people visualized in a rather cartoon-y style, with large heads, big round eyes, and linear mouths. The gestures and poses, however, clearly depict the making of a non-conformist social leader. Although the illustrations are light-hearted, even funny, the more serious issue of conformity lies underneath. The question of how her classmates will copy her last achievement remains open. 2003 (orig. 2001), Kane/Miller Book Publishers, Ages 4 to 8.
— Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This is an engaging story about a girl who wants to be different. Monique attends a school where the uniforms are brown and blue, "the ugliest colors and the ugliest clothes she had ever seen." When she tries to improve the look through accessories that she finds in her attic, the other students are thrilled and follow her example, but the stern principal keeps banning each alteration. Finally, the protagonist discovers a way to be truly unique, while still following all of the rules. The simple text moves at a quick pace. Papanikolaou's dynamic illustrations are exciting and filled with action, and her round-eyed, large-headed characters are truly endearing, with the irrepressible and irresistible Monique leading the pack.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933605685
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.12 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    Just be yourself and be unique

    I purchased Unique Monique for my granddaughter. She is with me most of the time. I wanted her to see that she can just be herself and not follow everyone else. You don't have to be a follower. Monique reminded me of my granddaughter and we really enjoyed this book. It is very well written and We love the pictures so much. This is one of my granddaughter's favorite books as is mine.

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