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Fancy Nancy meets Martha Stewart in Crafty Chloe, the adorable DIY star of a new picture book series!

When another girl has already purchased the most perfect birthday gift for Chloe’s friend Emma, Chloe decides she’ll make a present—something you can’t buy in a store. But crafting isn’t easy, and it’s beginning to...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Mary
As a crafty girl myself, I could relate to this book, especially these lines: ..."anything becomes less boring with googly eyes on it" and "After dinner Chloe went to her room to doodle. Doodling helps her think. Thinking gives her ideas. Some ideas are pretty spectacular and require lots of glitter." TRUTH.

Chloe isn't good at sports, or dancing, but she IS good at making things. But when she decides to make something for her friends' birthday, she worries that it won't be good enough.

The illus...more
Amy Carr
Oh, I love when I find the perfect "girl" picture book! Chloe reminds me of my daughter...creative, huge imagination, constantly building/creating/drawing/gluing...Chloe is trying to decide on the perfect gift for her friend Emma. She designs, imagines, creates...I LOVE the message of this story. First, it is important to ALWAYS be kind...no matter what someone else does or says. And second, using your imagination and creativity always makes the best gift. Fun, fun book...and it has a website wh...more
Barbara
Unlike some of her classmates, Chloe is no good at sports, ballet or video games. But she is good at making things. When another classmate buys the present she planned to buy for Emma's birthday party, she decides to make something but is stymied about what to create. She eventually comes up with the perfect gift and even helps a snooty classmate on the way to the party. The pencil and digitally colored illustrations do a wonderful job of showing the personalities of Chloe and London as well as...more
Melanie
Chloe isn't great at sports. She's not as graceful as a ballerina needs to be. But she can make crafts out of anything! This is her favorite thing to do. When London, a rather snooty girl, gets the perfect gift for her good friend Emma's birthday party, Chloe isn't sure what to do. That doll would have been perfect. But then she has an epiphany! She works hard and on the day of the party she is ready to present her present.

As she's walking to Emma's house carrying her present she runs into Londo...more
Emilie
Oh. My. Goodness.

My 5 year old received this book for her birthday and, after reading it, I want a copy just for me. It is delightful in every way AND teaches a number of valuable lessons without jamming it down children's throats (a pet peeve of mine).

The illustrations are wonderful and the story is a delight.
Oh, and did I mention it has a website where there are instructions in making the crafts shown in the story?! I'm dying at the perfectness of it all.

A very definite 5 STARS.
Dolly
Aug 05, 2014 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I love this book and so do our girls. I love that Chloe makes her own gifts and that they came out wonderfully. I love that she mentions that her grandma taught her to sew. I love that the 'mean' girl, London, ends up being humbled by Chloe's remarkable gifts. And I love that Chloe isn't mean-spirited after London was mean to her. Overall, I think this is a fun book with a terrific message and I'm sure our girls will want to visit http://craftychloe.squarespace.com very soon!
Melissa
Appreciate Chloe's realistic behavior & reactions throughout the story (feeling confident at home, bravado in reaction to scorn & disapproval, wanting to avoid the issue, and especially, "More than all the googly eyes in the world, Chloe wanted to say, 'Well, good luck with THAT!").
Melissa Posten
Crafty Chloe decides to make her best friend's birthday gift, and even being mocked by a mean girl won't stop her. Great character-building book; great for girls who love arts and crafts; great for teaching the value of believing in yourself and what you do.
Elizabeth
Darling with a capital D! This reminds me so much of our #2 (who still likes to make all of her gifts). The story, the illustrations, and the colors all work together to tell a VERY sweet story. LOVED.
Donalyn
Chloe loves to make things, but she's stressed about making a homemade present for her friend's birthday. Charming book and I love that the website includes an ongoing list of craft ideas for kids.
Paul  Hankins
The best part of adding this book today? That I got to hear Kelly DiPucchio read this aloud in her session at the Michigan Reading Association conference. This counts, right? (wink)
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Chloe loves to make stuff. Out of anything. Craft supplies. Stuff she finds around the house. Trash. Stuff that doesn't belong to her - like her Dad's shirt! She is one creative girl! When she gets invited to a friend's birthday party she is determined to make something truly special. Her motivation? Jealousy! I know, not what you expected. She wants to give her friend a gift at least as good as what one of the other guests is bringing! She comes up with something perfect...in fact, it is SO per...more
Franki Sibberson
I love the whole idea of this book--making things! And I love the character! And I can't wait to see how the site builds with things for kids to make. Very fun.
Becky
Jan 15, 2013 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Becky by: Jen Thomas
Crafty gals now have a heroine in picture book form! Chloe has never been one for sports or videogames...she loves MAKING THINGS. <3

Love the many craft-supply similes.
Christine
I originally borrowed this book from the library because Heather Ross illustrated it. Being a dabbler in all things “home economics” myself, I am drawn to Heather Ross’ various fabric lines and was compelled to check out the book. The storyline is cute enough, Chloe likes to make things and is very good enough. But is she good enough at making things to make a birthday present for her best friend? This, of course, is the question at the heart of many (if not all) “crafters.” Can I possibly give...more
Alyson
"anything becomes less boring with googly eyes on it." Yes! The dog on the cover looks like our dog did throughout Rachel's childhood.
Elisabeth
delightful! chicken pops - love it! Pretttty sweet website too. Hope Chloe catches on like Fancy Nancy. She's a great character.
Hilary
I liked this book as it shows that sometimes homemade presents that come from the heart are better!

Crafty Chloe is just what she sounds like. A girl who exceeds at making crafts. The trouble is that her friend, for her birthday, wants this amazing doll who totally rocks in purple. I have a weakness for purple myself!

London (really? her name is London?) is a snooty girl who is bound and determined to get the fancy doll for the friend having the birthday to impress her with the doll in its purple...more
Jennifer
Pleasantly surprised. Knowing there is a good marketing effort behind this book (I received promotional materials from the publisher but not a book; I got a copy of the book from my local library), I went in a little hesitantly. Yet another quirky red-head heroine, when Gooney Bird and Clementine have already filled that need-you-didn't-know-you-had spot?. I expected it to be Gooney Bird reduced down for easy reading until all that was left was a didactic parable about Being Yourself. Instead, i...more
Jordan Brovelli
I chose Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio for the book that I thought should have won the Caldecott Medal Award. This book is well written with funny analogies and is well illustrated by Heather Ross. The anaolgies used by the author were amusing. For example, when London picks our the gift Chloe wants to buy, Dipucchio describes Chloe as feeling like "a dried-up glue stick." I think the pictures enhance the text in this book because at the beginning of the text Dipucchio describes Chloe as not ve...more
Amy Musser
Chloe may not be very good at sports or ballet, but she’s a natural when it comes to making things. She makes coffee filter flowers and is a glue gun pro, but what she really excels at is making clothes. Her dog, Bert, is a very good clothes model. One day, Chloe is shopping for her best friend Emma’s birthday. She finds the perfect gift, a brand new doll, but just as she’s about to buy the doll, another friend of Emma’s swoops in and takes the prize. Chloe is embarrassed, so she mumbles somethi...more
Amber Hestwood
Crafty Chloe is a sweet story about a little girl who is not very good at the normal every day kid stuff. She does not do well at sports and most certainly is not a ballerina! She is, however, excellent at making things and being crafty. The book lends to the use of one’s imagination and creativity. It is a short read with bright illustrations that I found to be quite amusing and eye catching. I could use this book in a variety of ways, which is why I like it so much. For starters, I can use it...more
Carrie Gelson
Chloe is very good at making stuff. Sewing, crafts and creativity are where she shines. She sees the world through “what could I make with this?” eyes and her little world is all the more intersting because of it! When Chloe’s birthday shopping plans for her friend Emma are thwarted by classmate London who swoops in and buys the Violet doll Chloe had planned to purchase, Chloe announces that she is going to make something for Emma. London sneers. “You’re going to MAKE her something?” Chloe has a...more
Ana Luisa
Chloe is not the average little girl: she's not very good at sports, video games are not her thing, and she doesn't have the grace of a ballerina. Her forte is having a huge imagination for making things. She makes coffee filter flowers, clothes out of her dad's old shirts, and an expert at using goggly eye. One day, Chloe is shopping for her best friend Emma’s birthday gift. She finds the perfect gift-- a brand new doll! She is stopped short as London, another classmate, has already purchased t...more
Jeri
What Chloe lacks in soccer skills, video gaming, and ballet lessons, she more than makes up for in her ability to dream up, craft, and create, especially when those creations include googly eyes. When she is invited to her best friend's birthday party, she has the best idea for a present, until she learns it's already been bought by another party goer. After pouring over her craft materials to inspire her to make the perfect gift, she finally stumbles on a truly unique creation that her friend E...more
Rebecca
Crafty Chloe is a quick silly read about a girl who learns to be herself and use her unique skills in a kind way. Funny illustrations, real life situations, and a quirky main character make this story come to life. A great picture book for girls K-3 who struggle to fit in, or lack confidence in themselves.
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
I picked this book for a guest reading at my daughter's preschool and it was a standing ovation: endearing character (you've got to love a smart, crafty, resourceful little girl), vibrant illustrations, captivating story. The kids were all ears, girls and boys.
kim
I read the second book first, and I think I actually like the second book a little more because there was slightly more meat to the plot, but this book is still great. pro-making stuff. amazing pictures. love. good preschool/kindergarten book
Kelli Gleiner
This is a story of a young girl who is always creating and embellishing things. She is invited to a birthday party, and struggles to find the perfect gift for her friend. When another girl purchases the doll that she had her eye on, she gets to work on some accessories for the doll, which come in handy as a mishap takes place at the birthday party. Crafty Chloe ends up saving the day with her home-made dress, and makes a new friend in the process!

This book has so many elements that need to be r...more
Palmer
Aug 21, 2013 Palmer added it
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Chloe is good at making things from stuff around the house. She is tested when a mean girl takes the doll,Violet, she intends to give to her best friend Emma for her birthday. Chloe says that it is okay because she is going to make a purple present for Emma. London sticks her nose up and snorts,"good luck with that." On the way to the birthday party, London falls in the mud and her little dog ruins Violets clothes. Chloe resists the urge to sneer and dresses the doll in the lovely outfit she mad...more
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Kelly is the award-winning author of several children’s books, thousands of To-Do lists, and a few recipe cards. Two of her books, Grace For President and The Sandwich Swap, were New York Times bestsellers.

Like most kids who grew up in the 1970’s, Kelly had a pet goat and bought all her clothes from the Sears catalog. Like most teenagers who grew up in the 1980’s, Kelly had really big glasses and...more
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