Kylie Jean is back and this time she wants to be “Blueberry Queen” at the town’s annual Blueberry Festival. This spunky, resourceful, young girl knows to become queen you need to have a plan. Who better to help her come up with a plan than her older cousin, Lilly. Armed with a plan Kylie Jean sets out with determination and energy to complete all her tasks for the application process. She cleverly chooses family members and friends best equipped to help her with each of the tasks.
Kylie Jean also knows that to be a beauty queen you have to be beautiful not only on the outside but inside as well. Afterall her mom is always reminding her “Pretty is as pretty does.” Kylie Jean even finds time to help weed Miss Clarabelle’s garden.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I am not a big fan of beauty pageants so I had my doubts when I started. But Kylie Jean did win me over. She had charm, perseverance, and was self-reliant. I liked that she had a dream and took responsibility to see it through. I also loved the use of the extended family in the storyline. Many chapter books tend to focus on the protagonist and his or her friends and immediate family. Here the author has Kylie Jean not only going to her friends for help but also her cousins and grandparents as well.
The chapters are short and the writing is simple and colorful, perfect for a reader just beginning chapter books. The book also includes a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a recipe for blueberry cream cheese pie.
Author: Marci Peschke
Illustrator: Tuesday Morning
NOTE: This book was nominated by Jennifer Glidden for the 2011 Cybils Awards in the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book category. I am a first-round panelist in this category, but this review reflects my opinions only, not those of any other panelist, or the panel as a whole. Thanks!