Woo hoo! So wonderful to be getting so many wonderful reviews of our new book, DRESSING UP THE STARS - The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster). Illustrated by the talented Diana Toledano.
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Here are some snippets of reviews:
★ “Hollywood costume designer Edith Head may not seem like an obvious choice for a children’s biography, but she quickly proves herself an ideal subject, largely due to how well Harvey anchors the story in Edith’s childhood … Pattern, texture, and design are key in Toledano’s mixed-media artwork, which often uses white backgrounds to emphasize Head’s passion for these very elements, and the charming, childlike quality of the illustrations will appeal greatly to young readers. Together, the art and storytelling capture Head’s belief in the transformative magic of costumes, which will certainly strike a chord with dress-up enthusiasts.” – BOOKLIST, starred review “Celebratory … Combined with starry-eyed prose, the result is a glamorous life story with a Hollywood ending.” – PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“Dressing Up the Stars offers readers an important illustration of the lesson that success is about perseverance as much as it is about talent. Beautiful, expansive, unframed images evoke the fast pace of Hollywood life and show Edith fitting into her chosen setting on her terms ... Dressing Up the Stars is instructive and inspirational, perfect for fans of film, celebrities, and Hollywood.” – THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW “An inspirational biography of a woman who broke barriers in Hollywood, Dressing Up the Stars will appeal to kids who are interested in the movies and all creative endeavors and encourage them to pursue their true passions.” – CELEBRATE PICTURE BOOKS “Lovers of classic mid twentieth century cinema will be enthralled with this coverage of Head's challenging and interesting life.” – YOUNG ADULT BOOKS CENTRAL “Jeanne Walker Harvey’s warm and confident prose sets the stage for Diana Toledano’s stylized illustrations. Together, these women have created art and words that work seamlessly together ... Dressing Up the Stars is a fascinating nonfiction biography that will appeal to a wide selection of readers, especially those who are interested in art, film and fashion.” – CRACKING THE COVER “Encouraging and fun ... Absolutely charming” – THE BABY BOOKWORM “Focusing on Edith Head’s headstrong desire to succeed at costumes, Dressing Up the Stars offers a glimpse into the creativity and sheer determination of a famous costume designer. The illustrations by Diana Toledano are colorful and whimsical, showing Edith Head at work and daydreaming of success. Some illustrations are sketched so that they almost pop off the page in a 3D style, and hold some interesting details that children will appreciate.” – THIS BLISS LIFE “Dressing Up the Stars is a beautifully illustrated inspirational children's book that is great for kids who like fashion design and movies. It's so nice to discover nonfiction books that contain factual information presented in a way that even little ones will enjoy.” – MAMA LIKES THIS