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Too Good to Be True (The English Roses)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  322 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Nicole, Amy, Charlotte, Grace, and Binah are best friends. They do everything together -- dancing, homework, ice-skating, picnics, sleepover parties.... But the arrival of a new student, Dominic de la Guardia, changes everything. His dashing looks and charming manners have them vying for his attention. As the annual fall dance approaches, it is up to a quirky teacher, Miss ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Callaway Editions, Incorporated (first published October 24th 2006)
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Limau Nipis
Aaah, that Madonna. And she writes interesting children book.

The second in the series of The English Roses, this sequel tested their friendship when a foreign exchange student arrivef at their school.

I find that it was light hearted and the illustrations was awesome.

And in the end, you have to love your friends for their good and bad sides as well...
This was a cute book actually, but it was a little bit on the conceited side in some ways. She wrote it for her daughter knowing her daughter would face ridicule by other children because she was Madonna's daughter. She basically just sort of explains that the other kids only make fun of the other little girl (aka Lourdes if you read between the lines) because she is better than they are, and as is ALWAYS the case, they are just jealous. blah blah blah

I really did like the illustrations, though.
This is the second book I have read by Madonna. Who knew she could write! I wish I had daughters to share this book with. (My 3 boys would probably think it's a tad girl, like the first one). I borrowed this from the local library. There is a great lesson about a boy who moves to town that all the girls like, and how they resolve the issue when all the girls like him. Again, like the first book, there are very adorable illustrations to go along with the story.
Sep 14, 2007 Kecia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th and 5th grade girls
The two best things about this book are 1.) the charming illustrations, and 2.) the moral of the story.

Madonna's music may be better than her writing but it's still a good story. I think this book would be best read out loud. It's a great for any pre-teen girl. I think it has a lot of great ideas and issues for slumber party discussion. I'll certainly be sending copies to all my the young girls on my x-mas list this year.
Kisah persahabat 5 gadis remaja; Nicole, Amy, Charlotte, Grace, Binah. Persahabatan bisa sangat berwarna!

If you start to feel jealous of someone, try to feel happy for them instead. Good things will come your way, too p 52.

You can't just love your friends when they are nice to you. That's when it's easy. You have to love them when they are being complete dorks, too. p 60.

Simple story but meaningful.
Grace Snider
Okay book i mean i feel a little childish reading it but very good anyways haha my names Grace as well
Gabichelle  Uchiha
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This series is definitely for girls. It has a feel good vibe to it. In this book the other girls get jealous of the main character, Binah, when the guy they all like has a crush on her. It's simplistic but, for little kids, it's a nice read.

I also think the pictures are really pretty. However, on one of the pages where the boy raises his hand to volunteer with the girls he looks completely different than he does in the rest of the book which threw me off a bit...either I'm looking at the wrong k
Yup, another English Roses' adventure in teenager world. Kali ini, English Roses yang selalu bersama kemana-mana itu mendapat tantangan ketika seorang anak baru bernama Dominic de la Guardia datang. Naturally, secara ada cowok keceh, otomatis dong cewek-cewek pada berebut perhatiannya? Gak terkecuali The English Roses. Apa semua suka Domonic? Ya iyalah! Tapi Binah terlalu sibuk mikirin kehidupannya sehingga tak ada waktu untuk mikirin cowok.

Daaannnn, seperti yg udah-udah, cewek yg nggak ca-per k
I read this book to the fourth grade girls in my reading class. They loved it, and I thought the message of friendship was sweet and offered a good message to girls their age. I also liked that the teacher in the book was portrayed as someone they could go to if they had a problem. The illustrations are very colorful and cute.
Fifth grade English Roses form a crush on the new exchange student from Spain but he only falls for one of them so the green monster begins to take over
Okay, I found this in a bargain bin and bought it to check it out. It was surprisingly good. I would not hesitate to recommend this for kids.
kinu triatmojo
Grafisnya oke, ceritanya simple tapi oke untuk anak-anak usia pra-remaja jaman sekarang. Sedikit surprise bahwa penulisnya adalah Madonna yang itu.
my favorite part is at the end so keep reading when everyone is jumping because they have a rose. my favorite character is Bina.
Madonna - who would have thought back in '85 that she'd be known for a series of kids books? Pretty good ones, even . . .
"The next time you start to feel jealous of someone, try to feel happy for them instead."

dikasih Mas Aldo
Good conversation starter for raising a 10-year old girl! Surprised by Madonna.
My daughter and I share in reading this book. Cute for kids.
My girls really loved the audio version. She is very entertaining.
Aug 11, 2007 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: read-in-2007
I have read better children's books but I LOVE the illustrations.
Ela Kaimo
Simple, predictable story. Loved the illustrations.
Jimena Franco
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look at the reality before do something
Decent book about jealousy and boys.
Apr 11, 2013 Jamonye marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American pop singer-songwriter. Through her music career, she has also gained some notability as a dancer, record producer, film producer, actress, author and a fashion icon. She is a multiple Grammy- and Golden Globe-award winner, known for her ambitious music videos, stage performances and use of sexual and religious themes in her work.

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