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When Royals Wore Ruffles: A Funny and Fashionable Alphabet! [Library Binding]

Chesley McLaren , Pamela Jaber

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Jan. 13 2009
In this Hilarious, oh-so-fascinating trip through fashion history, a little girl goes back in time and meets a cast of characters wearing the latest trends. In B, we see Bustles, in H there’s sky-high hats (and hair!) and, in S, well, you won’t believe the shoes. And when the girl finishes her sylish trip—with Y for You and Your own Zany style—she puts on a fashion show for the people she’s met.

From fashionistas Chesley McLaren and Pamela Jaber comes an informative look at outrageous styles and how they came to be. With tidbits, anecdotes, and laugh-out-loud styles, this is the perfect picture book for fashion lovers everywhere.

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (Jan. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375951660
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375951664
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 22.7 x 28.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,145,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, November 10, 2008:
“Witty as the writing may be, the illustrations are irresistible. Like the best fashion, the lines and colors feel effortlessly right.”

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About the Author

Chesley McLaren is the author-illustrator of Zat Cat! A Haute Couture Tail, and is the illustrator of Meg Cabot’s Princess Lessons and Shana Corey’s You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer. She lives in New York City.

Pamela Jaber lives in New York City. This is her first children’s book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable! Feb. 14 2009
By Living in a College Town - Published on Amazon.com
This book is absolutely adorable and such a fun way for a little girl to learn her ABC's, especially if she's a little fashionista. I saw it in Anthropologie in Chicago and had to get it for my cousin's daughter. The book stores didn't have it in stock yet, it was just published in January. This book is probably best once a child has a basic grip on ABC's, not as a starting point.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for budding fashionistas July 23 2009
By Z Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
My daughter, who is 4.5 picked this book up because it is pink [her favorite color] and has a woman adorned in ruffles on the cover [and a fashionable young girl next to her]. The title was a winner for me: "When Royals Wore Ruffles", and we both could not wait to read the book.

Basically, the book is a sort of alphabet book for young fashionistas, but it is more than that. It also covers the history of fashion, tracing important fashion trends through the centuries, but simplified and presented in a fun manner with the aid of whimsical full-color illustrations. E.g. "G is for Go-Go Boots!" and there is a brief explanation as to how the MOD look came about, even mentioning the first supermodel [?] Twiggy. Some of the entries are laugh out loud -"K is for the King's Knickers and Knees" which then goes on to explain about the Peacock Age [when men's fashion was more dominant and flashier than women's].

Incredibly informative, yet never ponderous, this is a fun book for not just young girls and boys fascinated by fashion, but even older readers. As an adult, I found this book not only entertaining, but informative as well. Highly recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got this for my 22 yr old fashionista friend! Dec 10 2010
By M. Sesing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After seeing this book at Antropologie, I got it here for much cheaper. I got this book for my friend who is very much into fashion. Obviously this is more of a fun book and not the be-all end-all on fashion topics. Just the illustrations make the book... they're pretty amazing and creative!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fashion July 10 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fashion not sports Feb. 16 2013
By Elizabeth - Published on Amazon.com
Just finished When Royals Wore Ruffles by Chesley McLaren. This is a wonderful story, rich with Project Runway vocabulary that any young fashionista will need. It struck me that I have read hundreds of sports books, filled with sport terms, but this was the first fashion vocabulary book I had seen. The boy based sport books are rich in vocabulary that helps them to manage the sports world but what about the girly girls. This fashion based book does the same thing for the girly girls among us. I highly recommend this treasure of a book for a great mommy and daughter read that can also lead to a wardrobe lesson in your clothes closet. All fun!

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