Too Purpley!

Too purpley, too tickly, too puckery, too prickly!

There is not a single outfit in the closet that our little fashion plate wants to wear. She tries on everything, but nothing is quite right. And the outfits are getting wilder by the minute! It’s a scene that is all too familiar to parents, wrapped up in a package that is all too difficult to resist: a playful rhyme scheme and colorful, textile-driven art.

Picture book, Ages 3-5, Bloomsbury
ISBN-13: 978-1599903071 (Hardcover), 978-1599904375 (Library Binding), 978-1599906799 (Board Book)


“Debut author Reidy’s couplets about a fussy dresser deliver their message with maximum economy … Neatly constructed rhymes carry through to the girl’s selection of sneakers, a pullover, jumper, and pair of pants—she rejects all the Fancy Nancy finery for sensible everyday wear … a clothing-obsessed readership awaits. ” 

Publisher's Weekly

“This fun book has lots of descriptive words that tickle the ear, great colors and patterns, and a charming protagonist.”

School Library Journal

“Fussy dressers, this one’s for you! Clothing-decision screamers and their caretakers will relate and laugh.” 

Kirkus Reviews

“Children and parents are sure to identify with this girl’s sartorial issues, and Leloup’s whimsical watercolors highlight the absurdity of her choices.” 


“Parents should be prepared for calls of ‘encore’ at bedtime with this one!”

Young Adults and Kid's Books Central

“Parents of little girls and little girls themselves will love this colorful book about finding the clothes that are  ‘just right.'”

The Reading Tub

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