Crafty Chloe

Book review by
Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Charming celebration of homemade gifts from the heart.

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Educational Value

Chloe’s projects probably will inspire young crafters to get out the glue and glitter. A related website features how-tos for some of the crafts.

Positive Messages

The perfect gift doesn't always come from a store. This book celebrates DIY spirit, reinforcing that homemade gifts can be the very best kind.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Chloe is resourceful and crafty, but understandably insecure. Her instincts are right, however, and she’s clearly a very thoughtful friend. Likewise, Emma appreciates her efforts. 

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crafty Chloe is a welcome antidote to materialistic obsession from the author of Grace for President and Zombie in Love. Be prepared to get out the craft glue and scissors after reading this!

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What's the story?

Chloe spots the perfect gift for her best friend's birthday -- but another girl named London beats her to it, so Chloe decides to make a present instead. Chloe is good at crafting, but she worries her homemade present won't be nice enough for Emma.

Is it any good?

Chloe is a resourceful heroine, and her creative drive is inspiring. Kids probably will relate to her insecurity as she prepares for Emma's party, even if the idea that someone might look down on a homemade gift is a new concept for them. London, with her superior, hip attitude, unfortunately will be all too familiar to girls in early elementary school. 

One nit: The mean-girls undercurrent adds a sour note to CRAFTY CHLOE. Chloe is portrayed as an outsider, uncomfortable with typical kid pursuits such as video games, dance classes, and sports and easy prey for catty London. This will resonate with many readers, but it would have been nice to have a more secure heroine or a less flimsy adversary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes a good gift. What kinds of presents can you give that can’t be purchased in a toy store? Families also can talk about the importance of thoughtful gift-giving.

  • Families can share craft time together, inspired by the book. A related website shows how to make some of the projects Chloe works on.

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For kids who love picture books and strong girl characters

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