Becoming Vanessa (Hardcover)
May/June 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“Vanessa is delightful! With irresistible illustrations, young readers will adore vivacious Vanessa and her message of confidence!”
— Jessica Walsh, The Brain Lair Bookstore, South Bend, IN
On Vanessa's first day of school, her parents tell her it will be easy to make friends. Vanessa isn't so sure. She wears her fanciest outfit so her new classmates will notice her right away. They notice, but the attention isn't what she'd hoped for. As the day goes on, she feels more self-conscious. Her clothes are too bright, her feather boa has way too many feathers, and even her name is too hard to write.
The next day, she picks out a plain outfit, and tells her mom that her name is too long. She just wants to blend in, with a simple name like the other girls--why couldn't her parents have named her Megan or Bella? But when her mother tells her the meaning behind her name, it gives her the confidence she needs to introduce her classmates to the real Vanessa. Perfect for readers of Alma and How She Got Her Name and The King of Kindergarten.
"Bright, childlike mixed-media illustrations with a variety of patterns will appeal to youngsters, and the idea of a name having a meaning will be new to many children."--Booklist
"A hopeful celebration of individualism and an ode to recognizing one’s inner specialness."--Publishers Weekly