Presenting . . . Tallulah (Anglais) Relié – 21 septembre 2010
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All her life, Tallulah has heard what she’s not supposed to do: Don’t get dirty…don’t talk loudly… don’t wear jeans like all the other kids. “You’re not that kind of girl,” everybody keeps telling her. Tallulah knows plenty about what she can’t do and what she shouldn’t do, about what kind of girl she isn’t. But it’s up to her to figure out what kind of girl she is. New York Times bestselling author Tori Spelling and illustrator Vanessa Newton bring us the story of a spunky little girl who, with the help of some special friends, is able to discover exactly who she is.
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Vanessa Brantley Newton is a self-taught artist and has attended both F.I.T. and SVA of New York, where she studied fashion and children’s illustration. Vanessa is the illustrator of Ruby’s New Home, A Team Stays Together!, and Justin and the Bully by Tony and Lauren Dungy as well as Presenting…Tallulah by Tori Spelling. She hopes that when people look at her work, it will make them feel happy in some way, or even reclaim a bit of their childhood.
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I'll bet at this point there is not a dry eye reading this review.
Probably loosely based on Tori's life, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief while reading this to my 2-year old.
I suppose the merits of this book include teaching kids that...actually, I have no idea what the merits of this book are. Sorry.
She does rescue a dog that the mean "regular" kids say is too ugly to care about (those heartless 99%-er's), so you know...that's good.
Why did I give this book 2 stars? The illustrations. Very well done.
I'm sure the little boys and girls who gave Tallulah a rough time know someone (a parent) who was laid off when Tallulah's dad moved the local factory to China. In the age of off-shoring, sub-prime meltdowns, etc, feeling sympathy for someone of excessive wealth and privilege is ridiculous.
The story gets worse. We are introduced to Max, Tallulah's friend who is an odd light-brown colour, and wears a tie - a Hispanic Alex P. Keaton, perhaps. He is the new kid, and also an outcast due to his higher socio-economic status. He doesn't do much, other than to appear in page after page with Tallulah. A nice touch of political-correctness.
Other aspects of the story are even more ridiculous. The cruel, heartless poor kids see a puppy stranded on a log in the middle of the schools fishing pond. In this age of bubble-wrapped children, that pond would never have existed. Regardless, these unaccompanied children stand at the edge of this future lawsuit masquerading as a wet-land, and taunt the puppy before running off to do whatever poor kids do (steal from a store, maybe burn down a building, or beat an old woman senseless for her social security check). Obviously, only wealthy children can have any sense of empathy.
Leave it up to Tallulah and two-dimensional Max to save the day, using Tallulahs sash to rescue the puppy.
The illustrations were pretty decent - I liked the way the adults heads were cut off by the top of the page, or had their faces hidden by magazines or laptops. It added a sense that the world created in the book was inhabited by children, and the adults were peripheral. I did have one problem - Tallulah looked exactly like Tori Spelling. It was a bit creepy.
Two stars, mostly for the illustrations.
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