Review: Lotus Lane #1: Kiki: My Stylish Life by Kyla May

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Lotus Lane #1: Kiki: My Stylish Life by Kyla May

Age Range: 6 – 8 years
Paperback: 96 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (April 30, 2013)
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Synopsis:

Meet the Lotus Lane Girls!

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!

Kiki, Coco, and
Lulu are the BEST of friends. They even have their very own club! But
Mika, the new girl, is shaking things up on Lotus Lane. This first book
is written as Kiki’s diary–with illustrations and doodles throughout.
Kiki LOVES creating cool outfits, hanging out with friends, and
collecting fun facts like these:

Fact: I am a member of the Lotus Lane Girls Club.
Fact: I will one day be a VERY famous fashion designer.
Fact: My new neighbor Mika is trouble–triple trouble!
Fact: Even chickens must look their best.

Read Kiki’s diary to find out all about life on Lotus Lane! 

About the Author:

kyla may productions

is a collective of big kids with big dreams. Our illustrators,
writers and producers combine passion and experience to develop exciting
new concepts for television, animation, books, greeting cards,
advertising, licensing and merchandise.

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My Thoughts:

Kiki wants to be a fashion designer. She has a couple of friends when a new girl moves in on their street. The new girl doesn’t fit in
well with Kiki and her friends.

I have to admit that at first I was really disappointed with the story.
While the diary format and illustration loaded pages give life and
personality to the book, I felt like it wasn’t very original. Isn’t
there something else that little girls dream about becoming other than a
fashion designer?  There are so many interesting professions out there,
why do all these protagonists want to be in fashion?

I also thought that much of the content was meant for older kids, even though it came packaged for younger readers.

That being said, I did like the way the story ended. I liked that Kiki
and Mika worked out their differences and cleared up their
misunderstandings in a a nice way.  I think young girls would find the book entertaining.

This book is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.

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1 Comment

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    Adriana Garcia
    June 2, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Well at least it ended alright. I am kind of interested why Mika doesn't fit in. I have a sneaking suspicion that because she acts a little different they become mean to her. Also chickens? Where did that come from?

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