Gr 3-5-In this eighth installment about the spirited 10-year-old Manhattanite, Rosy is determined to become beautiful. Looking for inspiration in the works of art at the Metropolitan Museum, she instead finds Donald, a boy who makes her feel all fizzy inside. The two quickly become friends and Donald, who has a good eye for beauty, offers Rosy a few simple suggestions. With her usual exuberance, she devotes her full attention to her new pursuit, offending her friends and worrying her teachers. Finally, an afternoon spent modeling in a store window watching the world (and Donald) go by brings her to her senses. The first-person narrative, gentle humor, and deft characterization of the irrepressible Rosy all demonstrate Greenwald's solid understanding of preteen girls. The abbreviated story line, large print, and delightful pen-and-ink illustrations all work together beautifully to provide a delightful transitional reader for youngsters ready for more mature themes.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
In the latest in an acclaimed series, Rosy is hilariously transformed from a plain Jane to one of the beautiful people. After seeing child-model Christi McCurry get the royal treatment from everyone, Rosy determines to change her image. With the help of Christi's brother, Donald, Rosy finds inspiration at the art museum, where Donald counsels her to "copy the models in the paintings until you can hold your head, your hands, your wrists, and your neck the way they do." A home perm and some blusher complete the transformation. As usual with Rosy's adventures, the story is fast paced and the dialogue both humorous and refreshing. But while there's plenty of light fun, Greenwald also shows that even preteens feel tremendous pressure to be thin and beautiful.