Barbie #1: Fashion Superstar

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-7-54-41-pmWriter: Sarah Kuhn
Artist: Alitha Martinez
Age Range: 6-10
Release: January 2017
Pages: 64
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

DISCLAIMER:  I received an advance copy of Barbie Fashion Superstar from the publisher through NetGalley for the purposes of writing a review.

Fashion designer Whitney Yang, chose Barbie out of thousands of people to be her assistant in her upcoming fashion show. This show is very important to Yang as Christine Vega, a famous rock star, will be in the audience and Whitney Yang wants to design for her. Barbie, while trying to prepare for the show, takes a page from Whitney’s life – “find your own vision”. Barbie soon realizes that finding your own vision is hard when you want someone else to admire your work. Will Barbie find her vision when her mentor, Whitney Yang, decides to call off the show when the  bassoonist says he will not play because the energy isn’t right, one model cannot find her shoes, the model showing off the dress that will close the show (and possibly impress Christine Vega) has the flu, and Whitney’s blueberry smoothie gets dumped on the final dress?

We love Barbie win this house and this graphic novel did not let down. My daughter, age 9, loved that Barbie’s first graphic novel was about fashion. Although the problems seemed daunting for Barbie, my daughter loved that Barbie didn’t get mad and walk away. Barbie was able to look inside herself and use what she knows – her love of science and her creativity. Barbie also didn’t go it alone. She looked to her friends and their talents to help.

My daughter did love the book and so did I. The concern that I had was that the book dealt with fashion – not that that’s a bad thing. My daughter loves fashion, but Barbie has had many (many) careers over her many years. The theme in this book could have been woven into any of those. In the book, Barbie mentions how much she likes science, but just in passing. The book could have used the same premise and could have been done in a science lab, animal shelter, airport…well you get my point. With that said, I would still recommend this book to anyone who loves/likes Barbie. The story is wonderful and the artwork is very good. You will not be disappointed.

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