Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 10
- Grade: 1 to 5
- Reading age: 5 to 10
Maddie's clothes are old--tattered and torn, ripped and worn. And they're all too small--she feels like a hot dog that's too big for its bun.
Her parents think she's making a fuss over nothing, and send to school in clothes everyone makes fun of: "Christmas tree," they call her, and "flowerpot." Maddie thinks she'll find an ally in her stylish grandmother, but Gran has a new boyfriend and her tastes seem to be changing. So Maddie make radical plans to change her wardrobe, plans that soon get dangerous. Thankfully Gran comes around just in time to save Maddie from herself.
Maddie Wants New Clothes is a humorous story that shows how body image affects even young children, and how they can come to have a healthy sense of self.
About the authors
LOUISE LEBLANC is an award-winning novelist and children\s writer. A native of Montreal she worked as a teacher a model an actress and a dancer before establishing her full-time writing career in 1985. Her Maddie books have appeared in French English Spanish and Danish editions.'
MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com
"This attractive, delightfully illustrated, amusing, and easy-to-read large-print chapter book will appeal to beginning readers. Recommended."
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