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English Roses: Too Good to Be True

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Second story joins Madonna's girl clique.

Book Madonna Friendship 2006
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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

Like I said: Two of My Favorite Names

Like I Said: Rose and Madonna.
age 8+

8 and up with discussion about age appropriate behavior and boy girl relationships since the characters are in 8th grade

I picked these books up at a resale shop-I am an artist and I liked the illustrations and thought my 8 year old daughter might like to draw something similar. Decided to actually read the books-which I did not plan thinking that being by Maddona they might not fall into what I would want to share with my daughter but was pleasantly surprised and delighted. I did not find the -the green eyed envy referred to in a negative way but brought up in a way that opened up dialogue on varies subjects. I have not read all the books but so far so good and am looking to purchase more.

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All in all, this story is cleverly told and entertaining. Again Madonna employs the classical storytelling technique whereby the narrator interjects comments now and then that playfully chastise the reader. She has also developed several silly characters: the playful, eccentric teacher Mrs. Fluffernutter, the pumpernickel-eating fairy godmother, and the dancing Ferguson boys with their tongue-twisting names Timmy, Terry, Taffy, and Tricky.

In this story, the quintet learns a few lessons about jealousy, this time it's over liking the same boy. While the lessons learned are quite pertinent and discussion-worthy for tween girls, the illustrations don't carry the same positive messages. The characters promote a skinny-model girl image that is already too prevalent in today's media world, and the story seems to condone the idea of the snooty girl clique.

Book Details

  • Author: Madonna
  • Illustrator: Stacy Peterson
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Callaway
  • Publication date: October 24, 2006
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 7 - 7
  • Number of pages: 64
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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