________________ CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 24 . . . . February 24, 2012

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Lexiís Magic Clothes.

Margy Reid. Illustrated by Hazel Mitchell.
Milden, SK: www.margyreidbooks.net, 2010.
42 pp., pbk., $8.99.
ISBN 978-0-9865168-0-1.

Preschool-grade 1 / Ages 4-6.

Review by Inderjit Deogun.

** /4

   

excerpt:

You see, Lexi has a secret. Such a secret secret, even her mommy doesnít know it. And mommies know everything! Yes, Lexi has a secret. You see Ö you see Ö what Lexi knows that nobody else knows, not even her mommy is Ö Lexiís clothes are MAGIC!

Thatís right, MAGIC! Her mommy doesnít know that when Lexi puts on her blue skirt with red dots and purple shirt with yellow stripes and orange rain boots with little green frogs on them, sheís not just wearing clothes. She is Lexi, the most awesome ringmaster of the greatest, bestest circus, in the whole wide world!

As ringmaster, Lexi walks to the centre of her room. All of her stuffed animals become acts in the circus, and her dolls become the cheering crowd!


Lexi is three-years-old. Thereís nothing she likes to do more than change her clothes, with the reason being Ė Lexiís clothes are magic. Each outfit brings a new world to life in her very own bedroom. For Lexi, nothing is out of reach.

internal art      Hazel Mitchellís illustrations perfectly capture the workings of Lexiís boundless imagination. The whimsical quality of her art echoes Lexiís creativity and excitement to broaden her little world. Nothing speaks to this more than Mitchellís frenzied chaos and vibrant colours.

      Margy Reid expertly showcases the playfulness of little girls. Though the repetitive nature of her text becomes rather tedious for the reader, Reidís depiction of Lexi in the act of dress-up is flawless. Thereís no doubt that young girls will see themselves in Lexi. However, Reidís greatest achievement is the singular truth that a girl can go as far as her imagination takes her.

Recommended.

Inderjit Deogun, of Mississauga, ON, is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in childrenís literature.

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