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Little Diva

LaChanze; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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Curtain up! Light the lights!
 
Nena wants to be a Diva—with a capital D—just like her mommy, who’s a star on Broadway. She wants to sing and act and dance, but knows it will take lots of work—and lots of fun—for all her wishes to come true.
 
Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze and Caldecott Honoree Brian Pinkney present a showstopping story about a day in the life of a little diva with BIG Broadway dreams.
Curtain up! Light the lights! Nena wants to be a Diva—with a capital D—just like her mommy, who’s a star on Broadway. She wants to sing and act and dance, but knows it will take lots of work—and lots of fun—for all her wishes to come true. Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze and Caldecott Honoree Brian Pinkney present a showstopping story about a day in the life of a little diva with BIG Broadway dreams.

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Mommy says a real diva NEVER bows too long, but I could bow forever.

I imagine the day when the audience will clap for me.

They’ll say, “Nena, we love you.  Diva!  You are amazing!”

But I have a long way to go before that day.

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    Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze and Caldecott Honoree Brian Pinkney present a showstopping story about a day in the life of a little diva with BIG Broadway dreams. A few little girls play the part of Nena in LaChanze's star-studded book trailer

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Praise for Little Diva

“This sparkling story of a show-biz hopeful—and family bonds—will inspire your young star to dream big.” Working Mother magazine

“All young ones who dream of dressing up and performing will find a kindred spirit in Nena. This should play to sold-out audiences.”—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“LaChanze, a star of stage and screen herself, supplies a peek at the life of a Broadway performer in this enticing story about a girl’s dream of one day conquering the Great White Way. … Youngsters, girls in particular, will pore over the pictures and imagine themselves right into the story. Look out America–this book is sure to increase its numbers of D.I.T.s [Divas in Training].”—School Library Journal

“Imagine a triple billing of Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and Eloise, and you’ll have a sense of the energy, ambition, and sheer (yet still-to-be-fully-honed) talent of Little Diva. Her creator, a Tony Award–winning actress, has produced a realistic and endearing character who dreams of taking to the stage like her mother, a Broadway star, with whom she lives in a loving home that includes her grandmother and dog.”—Booklist

 
“Loose, wispy black line art with pastel-toned washes playfully convey Nena’s constant motion and exuberance as she describes her day.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“This sparkling story of a show-biz hopeful—and family bonds—will inspire your young star to dream big.” Working Mother magazine

“All young ones who dream of dressing up and performing will find a kindred spirit in Nena. This should play to sold-out audiences.”—Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“LaChanze, a star of stage and screen herself, supplies a peek at the life of a Broadway performer in this enticing story about a girl’s dream of one day conquering the Great White Way. … Youngsters, girls in particular, will pore over the pictures and imagine themselves right into the story. Look out America–this book is sure to increase its numbers of D.I.T.s [Divas in Training].”—School Library Journal

“Imagine a triple billing of Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and Eloise, and you’ll have a sense of the energy, ambition, and sheer (yet still-to-be-fully-honed) talent of Little Diva. Her creator, a Tony Award–winning actress, has produced a realistic and endearing character who dreams of taking to the stage like her mother, a Broadway star, with whom she lives in a loving home that includes her grandmother and dog.”—Booklist

 
“Loose, wispy black line art with pastel-toned washes playfully convey Nena’s constant motion and exuberance as she describes her day.”—Publishers Weekly

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • LaChanze; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

  • LACHANZE, an award-winning star of stage, film, and television, won a Tony Award for best leading actress in The Color Purple. Her numerous credits on Broadway include The Wiz, Once on this Island, Ragtime, Company, and Dessa Rose. She lives in Westchester, New York, with her husband and their three children. You can visit LaChanze online at www.lachanze.com. BRIAN PINKNEY is an award-winning artist of several acclaimed books for children, including Duke Ellington, Hush, Little Baby, and The Faithful Friend. His many awards include two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. He lives with his wife and their two children in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit Brian online at www.brianpinkney.net.
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Little Diva

LaChanze; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

  • Hardcover

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