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Crafty Chloe (Crafty Chloe)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  906 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
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 look like she won’t have a great idea in time. Fortunately,
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Sep 17, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2014 Dolly rated it it was amazing
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 very soon!
Cole Hoffman
Oct 28, 2014 Cole Hoffman rated it really liked it
Chloe is a creative girl that is trumped on what to get her friend for her birthday party. At first she thinks of buying her a doll her friend really wants, but she ends up running into London who is going to give the same gift. Flustered she decides that she is going to make her friend a gift from scratch. She looks over her materials and tries to think of an idea, but is stumped. Scared that she will never think of an idea, she fakes the chicken pox, so she doesn't have to go, but her mother c ...more
Mar 13, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
Chloe isn't good at sports or dancing...but she is good at sewing and crafting. One day she goes shopping for a gift for her friend Emma's birthday. She finds the perfect gift but (snotty) London has already bought the same gift for Emma. So Chloe decides she will make Emma the perfect gift. If only she can come up with an idea of what to make. Finally, she has an idea and gets busy... (view spoiler) Darling story and there is ...more
Amy Carr
Jul 12, 2012 Amy Carr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
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 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
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
Christy Eanes
Jun 10, 2016 Christy Eanes rated it really liked it
The book we're going to read today is called Crafty Chloe, written by Kelly DiPucchio.

What do you think the book might be about based on the title? (children respond)

I really love this book because growing up I enjoyed making gifts for my family. They weren't always the most beautiful gifts, but they were always fun to make!

As we read the book, I want you to pay special attention to the pictures. The illustrator, Heather Ross, did a fantastic job drawing and using a rainbow of colors to go alon
Chloe is not good at dance, sports, or video games. She is very good at crafts though. She likes to do them in her free time a lot. One day she has to shopping for her best friend, Emma's birthday present. She finds the perfect gift that her friend has always wanted, but another girl got her hands on it first. So Chloe tells the girl she is going to make something very purple and awesome. She is completely stumped on what to make for Emma's present. Chloe decides to pretend she was sick and can' ...more
Megan Cureton
Chloe wanted to get her friend Emma, the Flower Girl doll, but suddenly, London had already bought it. Chloe then had to think about something else she could get for her. She decided to do what she does best and make something for her. She creates a cute purple doll dress and a bed for Emma's dolls. On her way inside the party, she sees London trip and fall into a puddle and ruining the Flower Girl dolls dress. So Chloe handed London the dress she had made and they put their gifts together. Emma ...more
Nov 12, 2014 Lgourley rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Chloe isn't really good at many things like ballet, video games, or sports. However, she is AMAZING at making things. When Emma, Chloe's friend, has a birthday party Chloe is on a mission to find her the perfect gift. She found it, and so did London. London wasn't too fond of Chloe and she let her know that. When Chloe seen that London bought Emma the perfect gift she didn't know what she was going to do. Chloe then thought of the perfect idea! She was going to make Emma something! Find out what ...more
James Son
Oct 27, 2014 James Son rated it it was amazing
This book was about a girl named Chloe. It introduced her as not being good at many things. This included sports, video games, and dancing. However, she was good at one thing and that was making things. She would take her dad's clothes and her mom's coffee filters, and make a bunch of stuff. She would even make something of her brother! Chloe loved making clothes and dressing her dog. One day, Chloe went shopping to buy her friend, Emma, a birthday present. Chloe did want to buy Emma Violet, a n ...more
Martiah Rall
Sep 23, 2014 Martiah Rall rated it liked it
“Crafty Chloe” written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Heather Ross is a children’s picture book about finding your place as a child and maintaining healthy friendships. The illustrations have a playful role in telling the story by showing emotion and character of each person throughout. Starting when Chloe has a hard time finding her place on the soccer team, playing video games, or at ballet. Then later when her creativity shines through crafts and she is able to use her imagination to c ...more
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
Apr 03, 2012 Emilie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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.
Jun 10, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it
Opening Introduction to Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Heather Ross
The main character of our story’s name is Chloe. The title of the story tells us that Chloe is crafty. What does it mean to be crafty? [Children respond]. Crafty actually has two meanings. One is that a person is clever or smart. It can also mean that a person likes to make things with his or her own hands out of the materials that are available. Are there any clues in the illustrations on the cover page that sup
Ariel Compton
Sep 02, 2015 Ariel Compton rated it really liked it
Crafty Chloe is a children's literature book about a young girl and her hobby. She loves to make crafts out of almost anything. Chloe likes to make a whole new outfit out of her Dad's old shirts, she uses coffee filters to make flower hats for show-and-tell, and anything becomes less boring with googly eyes on it. She is presented with a dilemma when one of her friends buys the exact same gift she was going to buy for Emmas birthday. The rest of the story goes on to tell the readers that home ma ...more
Britley Madsen
Jul 20, 2015 Britley Madsen rated it really liked it
DiPucchio, Kelly. Crafty Chloe. New York: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2012, Print. Fiction. This picture book is about a young girl who enjoys making crafts because that is what she is good at. She remembers that it is her friend's birthday soon, so she goes to the store to buy her a doll. Another girl from her school buys it, so Chloe decides to make her friend something. This book uses a lot of white space to get the reader to pay attention to both the text and picture ...more
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
Sep 13, 2012 Melissa Posten rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
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.
Mar 05, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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.
Jun 24, 2015 Lindsi rated it really liked it
This book is about a little girl who is very crafty and likes making things because she doesn’t like or isn’t good at other things like sports. Her friend Emma’s birthday party is coming up and she needs a present. She goes to the store and finds the perfect doll, only to turn around and see that another girl, London, is getting it for Emma. She tells London that she’s going to make something for Emma. She has a hard time coming up with an idea later, but eventually comes up with the perfect ide ...more
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
Feb 19, 2014 IndyPL Kids Book Blog rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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 fact, it is SO per ...more
Franki Sibberson
Mar 03, 2012 Franki Sibberson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, 2012
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.
Jan 15, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca 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.
Jan 01, 2014 Christine rated it liked it
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
Mar 29, 2012 Alyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
"anything becomes less boring with googly eyes on it." Yes! The dog on the cover looks like our dog did throughout Rachel's childhood.
Mar 19, 2012 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing
delightful! chicken pops - love it! Pretttty sweet website too. Hope Chloe catches on like Fancy Nancy. She's a great character.
Nashiea Edmiston
Sep 17, 2015 Nashiea Edmiston rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much, the concept/story line is excellent and much needed for younger children (K-2). Chloe is a little girl who is not that great at sports, video games, or even dancing, however, she is great at crafting. Chloe's grandmother taught her how to sew and she is especially good at making clothing, her doggie seems to enjoy her talents as she makes him cool outfits! Chloe seems to be out of ideas for a gift for her friends birthday, but ends up making her a wonderful homemad ...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
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