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!

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

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

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.



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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    May 1, 2013 at 6:59 pm

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

    • Reply
      May 3, 2013 at 5:39 am

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

  • Reply
    Gina R
    May 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    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! ^_^

    • Reply
      May 3, 2013 at 5:41 am

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

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