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Chloe by Peter McCarty
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Jun 26, 2012

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bookshelves: colored-ink, childrens, picture-book, preschool, read-aloud, watercolor
Read in June, 2012

Sweet picture book about Chloe, the object of Henry's affection in the author's previous book Henry in Love (one of my favorites last year). Chloe is the "middle child", with 10 older siblings and 10 younger siblings, and has to express her opinions in order to be noticed -- and she does. The strengths of this book, in my opinion, are with the beautifully detailed illustrations -- each sibling is recognizable from page to page, although the rabbits' expressions are a little spooky. Love the inclusion of bubble wrap and the fact that Chloe gets her siblings to play with an empty box, rather than watch the new tv that came inside the box.

4 starred reviews: PW, SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus.

"...McCarty...personalizes the tale with detail-obsessed drawings in rabbity-brown ink and watercolor. Each of the 23 bunnies is identifiable by size, gender, and outfit, from towering football player Billy (seen in Henry in Love) to brother Bobby in a T-shirt with a red star (subliminal message much?) and baby Bridget in an ears-to-toes onesie..."-PW

"...Colored-ink drawings hover on lush, creamy paper, offering delightfully dreamy details: the bunnies’ fur, pert mouths and dewy eyes, their clothes’ stripes and patterns, their bodies clustered together around the house. On one dizzying double-page spread, Chloe levitates at the epicenter of the domestic swirl, her family circling swiftly around her..."--Kirkus


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