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Celestine, Drama Queen

Written & Illustrated by Penny Ives


Make way for Celestine!

From the day she danced out of her shell, Celestine knew she was born to be a star!

She has fabulous taste in hats. She eats only pink food. And she has a starring role in the school play!

Celestine's ready to show the world how special she is, but will a case of stage fright keep her from making her diva debut?


Reviews and Awards

⋆ “From the moment she comes out of her egg, Celestine is ready to be a star. She wears a tiara to school and occasionally assumes the name Princess Druscilla Drake. When her teacher, Miss MacDonald, announces her class will perform a play, Celestine graciously accepts the lead role (though her teacher tells her there will be important parts for everyone). On the day of the play, Celestine is disappointed that there is no red carpet but deigns to go on anyway - when she does, she’s overtaken by a massive case of stage fright, to the point where she can’t say her well-rehearsed line, “The End.” Then Mrs. Gobble tries to play her off the stage with a jazzy tune, and the diva duckling returns, dancing, twirling, and tapping until she falls to the floor, to the audience’s cheers and claps. A triumph! But a teary Celestine is enough in touch with reality to later wonder if she’s still a star. Which of course her mother assures her she is. A cross between Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy and Amy Hest’s Baby Duck, this, like the best picture books, captures the essence of children, their emotions, and how they cope. Celestine, adorable, annoying, and utterly childlike, is appealingly portrayed in Ives’ funny, sunny watercolors, along with friends, family, and the frenzy of life on the boards. Delightful!” - Booklist, starred review

"Soft pastel watercolors and pencil drawings whimsically depict the adorable Celestine, her feathered barnyard friends and family, and the cheerful details of her domestic life. The foil-stamped jacket will entice many a reader to pick up this cozy and comforting book, perfect for reading aloud in a group or shared one-on-one." - School Library Journal 


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Spring 2009
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-545-08149-1
Price: $16.99 US / $18.99 CAN
Trim Size: 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Templar
Translation Rights: Templar
Rights Available? yes