Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Starlight Goes to Town

Starlight Goes to Town

Fall 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 5 & Up
Author: Harry Allard
Illustrator: George Booth
ISBN: 978-0-374-37187-6
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
Enter one chicken (Ethel Fae Klucksworth) with delusions of grandeur (she renames herself Starlight LaPoule), add a midnight visitation from a professional chicken fairy godmother named Melody D. Youngstown and you're well on your way to Milan and a turn on the catwalk with disastrous results. Allard's text is as deadpan as ever and Booth's cartoon illustrations are a hilarious match: never have chickens faces, eyes, and beaks spoken so eloquently; rarely has an airplane been piloted so rakishly; and the picture of our feathered heroine gallantly attached by wings and feet to the steering wheel of a vivid pink convertible is truly a hoot. It's all nonsense of course and anyone looking for more would be well-advised to look elsewhere. If the ending seems a tad flat, forgiving readers with functioning funny bones will nevertheless be delighted to follow the hijinks of this unrepentant poulet.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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