Glamourpuss

by Sarah Weeks and David Small

Glamourpuss is a pampered pussycat belonging to the wealthy Highhorsens. “Her... read more

Glamourpuss is a pampered pussycat belonging to the wealthy Highhorsens. “Her one and only job was to be glamourous, and she was very good at it.” Then Mrs. Highhorsen’s sister Eugenia arrives from Texas with Bluebelle, her Chihuahua. Bluebelle has an array of costumes that Glamourpuss finds tacky (including a maracas and fruit ensemble and a southern, Scarlet O’Hara-inspired belle-of-the-ball gown). And Bluebelle wears them while performing her many tricks. The Highhorsens are captivated. Glamourpuss is ignored. When Eugenia calls Bluebelle “glamourous,” it leads to a crisis of confidence for Glamourpuss, until she discovers Bluebelle is miserable wearing the ridiculous costumes and having to perform. It is, as they say, the start of a beautiful friendship. The high-humored premise is told in a narrative with wonderful pacing and rich vocabulary, while the illustrations amplify the over-the-topness of both Glamourpuss and Bluebelle’s existence. (Ages 5–8)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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