Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Review: Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe #1: Picture Day, by Susan Nees

Missy's Super Duper Royal Deluxe #1: Picture Day, by Susan Nees

Age Range: 5 - 7 years
Hardcover: 80 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (April 30, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars


This series (just like Missy herself) is super duper royal deluxe!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line, Branches. Aimed at 5- to 7-year-olds, this line of books is for children who are just starting to read independently. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Missy is a very creative girl who does everything in her own super duper royal deluxe way! This first book is about Missy's school picture day. Despite Missy's keen fashion sense, her mother insists on choosing her picture-day outfit for her. But Missy thinks it's the most boring outfit EVER! She simply must find a way to make her picture-day outfit her own. With her trusty friend Oscar and her cat named Pink by her side, Missy is sure to come up with an outfit that's truly super duper royal deluxe! Full-color illustrations throughout.

About the Author/Illustrator:

Susan Nees grew up on a farm in the midwest, where, soon after learning to ride a bike, she learned to drive a tractor. One of her favorite places to visit was the little county public library. Some of her favorite books were from the Betsy, Tacy and Tibb series written by Maud Hart Lovelace and illustrated by Lois Lenski.

After graduating with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Susan taught illustration and worked as a free-lance illustrator in Minneapolis, MN. Her clients included Harcourt Brace, Houghton and Mifflin, Macmillan, Scholastic, University of Georgia Press and Carus Publishing. When Carus Publishing celebrated twenty-five years of Cricket Magazine, her work was shown at the Art Institute of Chicago along with the work of Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Peter Sis, and Lisbeth Zwerger.

Susan's artwork can be found in folios and fine books at the Low Library of Columbia University and in special collections at Princeton, Washington University, the University of Iowa, as well as other collections. She illustrated Life of the Body, written by Jane Smiley and published by Coffee House Press, which went on to receive the American Institute of Graphic Arts Award (AIGA). She is the recipient of an Independent Artist Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts for Rural Route 2, a limited edition suite of print illustrations documenting the family farm.

Today, Susan works on author-illustrated books, which neatly brings together her love of art and children's books. She lives with her husband, two children, Jodo the Dog, and a small flock of chickens in Watkinsville, Georgia.

My Thoughts:

So far, I am enjoying this new line of early reader chapter books from Scholastic. I love the simple, clean writing and the full color illustrations on every page.  The illustration in Picture Day are adorable. They will appeal to little girls with imagination.

I gave this particular book 3 stars. While the writing was clean and illustrations inviting, the story itself didn't hold my children's interest.




  1. Oh wow. Well the book not holding your child's interests says it all... the cover art looks cute though (:

    1. The art is super cute. Unfortunately, the story itself just wasn't interesting enough. Bummer :(

  2. Looks adorable and it sounds cute. Too bad it didn't hold their interest, perhaps they've progressed beyond the level it aimed for? Anywho, really enjoyed the post. Thanks for sharing! ^_^

    1. My daughter is the target audience. I think that the story just didn't have enough happening in it.



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