Kylie Jean: Drama Queen
Kylie Jean Drama Queen
Marci Peschke, illus. by Tuesday Mourning
ISBN 9781404866164
Picture Window/ Capstone, 2011.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: bullying family friendship kylie-drama-queen marci-peschke school theater

Kylie Jean: Drama Queen
by Marci Peschke, illus. by Tuesday Mourning

If your youngsters enjoyed the Ivy and Bean and Clementine books, they will get a kick out of this smart, spunky girl with a great deal of resourcefulness. Texas gal Kylie Jean Carter is more queen than princess. She likes to take charge. Despite her aspirations to be a beauty queen one day, she also takes to heart her mother’s advice, “Pretty is as pretty does.” It’s the start of a new school year, and Kylie Jean wants to play the Queen of Hearts in her second grade class’s production of Alice in Wonderland. She works on her lines with her family’s bull dog, Ugly Brother (whose real name is Bruno) until she memorizes every last one for the tryouts. Unfortunately, the new girl at school, Paula, sets her sights on the same role. The new girl is also a mean girl, and the way Kylie Jean and her friends handle the situation could offer some solutions to your child if he or she is ever in a similar boat. Kylie Jean tackles bullying, starting a new school year with a new teacher, and the perseverance it takes to perform well, all in a neatly presented package. The gently cartoonish and predominantly pink artwork reflect the heroine’s love of all things queen but also her gutsy nature and stick-to-it-iveness.

The other three titles about Kylie Jean, also just published:
Kylie Jean: Blueberry Queen
Kylie Jean: Rodeo Queen
Kylie Jean: Hoop Queen

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