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Sparkle Street: Lizzie Ribbon's Hat Shop Paperback – Illustrated, 2 Jan 2009
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About the Author
Vivian French was best known at school for talking too much. She continued her attachment to words by becoming first an actor, then a storyteller and finally a writer of children's books. More than 200 children’s books later, she now travels all over the world, telling stories and swapping ideas about books and writing . . . and, she admits, she still talks too much!
Joanne Partis graduated with a degree in Illustration and has since written and illustrated a number of successful picture books. Her friendly and appealing characters are full of charm and her bright bold palette and fresh style ensure that her profile as a children’s illustrator is constantly on the rise.
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There they help 'Lizzie Ribbon' enhance lots of hats ready for a grand parade, to be led by the Mayor.
The two young heroines are eager to help, as customers start arriving at the shop...including the mayor, who has something terribly important that needs fixing......quickly!
Lizzie Ribbon to the rescue!
But all this help for everyone else has got her seriously behind with making her own hat special!
Lizzie is not sad for long, as things take a turn for the better - rather like Cinderella - especially when the call comes for the children to step back through the mirror, to find their Mums STILL chatting in the café, where they had left them!
Colourfully illustrated this is a real girly book - further enhanced by glittery areas and 2 cameo-shaped cut outs (the mirror) - and sure to appeal to those who like the land of make-believe.
Some of the characters featured in Lizzie Ribbon's Hat Shop, such as 'Wizard Stargazer' and 'Rosa Bloom' also appear in the other stories in this sparkly series adding to that familiar feel, and anticipation for when a new title is due.
Text is relatively small and not particularly bold, but is capitalised - in places - FOR EMPHASIS!
Example of text:-
......'Lizzie dropped her scissors. "Ribbons and Bibbons!", she said. "I'm rushed off my feet! EVERYONE wants a hat for the Summer Festival because the Mayor is leading the hat parade in his golden coach!".......Read more ›
We have a large collection books, and a drawer full of regular favourites, but I don't think this will have the honour of joining that drawer....
...This book may be bright and sparkly but it lacks everywhere else. It wasn't as engaging as many other childrens books, and the dialogue didn't draw you in. Maybe others in the collection will be stronger, and maybe when enjoyed as a series you become more familiar with the characters and warm to them.
You do get a little card hat shop, but it is very small and flimsy - it seems a bit gimmicky really and doesn't add any value to the book.
In a nutshell: This isn't a poor story, it just lacks the charm of so many others out there.
The two girls have a very pleasant adventure making hats for the Lord Mayor's parade. They then step back and find their mums are still gossiping over tea, and not missing the children very much! The story is beautifully illustrated and good fun.
I gave my copy away to a friend's four year old daughter who loves it.
I think it's a great story book for girls aged between about 3 and 7.
Like me she didn't like the stiff cardboard cover; she thought that it wouldn't be that long before it would be detached from the book. Like she says, you can hardly expect a youngster like her to put the book away neatly after use can you? She thought the free cardboard shop to `keep & collect' was a bit of a joke too. The only person who would be collecting that would be the binman on Tuesday morning.
Whilst she enjoyed the story she did concede in our discussion afterwards that it was a little formulaic (she had just learnt that word in her playgroup and I think she wanted to show off by using it) and unimaginative. She pointed out that she had seen something similar on TV recently - Mr Ben - but where in the book the lead character enters another world when she steps into a magic mirror, Mr Ben enters another world when he goes into that room in the costume shop. Maybe she had a point. She said that she would see if the others in her book group agreed later in the week.
She thought the illustrations were well executed though, and loved the glittery pages.
When I told her that this was part of a series of books she didn't express any desire to read to any of the others. In fact she just fell asleep.
This leads to a magical series of books, each centred around a shop in Sparkle Street. In this story Lizzie Ribbon's Hat Shop is very busy. Ellie and Emma find themselves helping Lizzie to make special hats for everyone for the big hat parade and poor old Lizzie doesn't even have time to make her own.
Filled with georgous glittery pictures and a really nice story, Sparkle Street: Lizzie Ribbon's Hat Shop kept my 3 and 4 year old girls entertained time after time. There is even a lovely little card shop to pop out of the back of the book and stand up.
I can't give more praise than to say I'll be picking up the rest of the series shortly and can't wait to sit down with my children to read them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My daughter who is five, received one of the books from this series for her fifth birthday. It came with a pop-up shop from the featured book and she loved it! Read morePublished on 9 Aug. 2013 by Elizabeth
would rate it better if it had included the model shop in the back for my grand-daughter to add to her streetPublished on 18 Jan. 2013 by glad
This book screams out for a reader aged about 5 who is stereo-typically girly. When I found one she was thrilled and I was delighted with her response. Well worth it.Published on 17 Nov. 2011 by Ian Terry
I got this as a bedtime reading for my 7 year old girl and the 3 year old got to join.
The tale makes for a good bed time story. Read more
Really good book to read to our 4 year old daughter, she has asked to have it more than once which is the sign of a good book. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2009 by Romreader
My daughter and I think these books are delightful. When the girls are in the ordinary world of the cafe there is no glitter but as soon as they go through the magic mirror they... Read morePublished on 11 July 2009 by Ms. Sarah Cade
This book is a riot of colour, a pleasant enough story and has the added bonus of including a fold out shop. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2009 by Jr Lorrimer
My little niece really loved this book - although she is adamant that it is a Balamory product and will not be swayed otherwise! Understandable given the colour schemes etc. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2009 by Grr