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Pippa by Design

Pippa by Design

A Story of Ballet and Costumes

Claudia Logan, illustrated by Chesley McLaren

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Heavily illustrated with photos and artwork, full of factual tidbits from the world of ballet, all woven into an engaging narrative for young readers, Pippa by Design is a fun-filled read perfect for fashionistas and dancers-to-be, from author Claudia Logan and illustrator Chesley McLaren.

Pippa does not finish every activity she starts or get picked for everything—unlike her sister Verity. Pippa does, however, love to draw fashion designs in her special sketchbook, while she waits in the hallway to pick up Verity at ballet practice.
There’s a big hullabaloo when Verity announces that she’s been chosen to dance in a performance of The Sleeping Beauty, and another hullabaloo later when Pippa discovers her sketchbook has gone missing. But all isn’t lost—with the help of a secret admirer, new friends, and even her sister, Pippa finds herself invited into a world she never imagined, and a place where she truly belongs.

Wednesday, March 13


Me: Pippa. Eleven years old. Not an interesting age or number, unless you are doing multiplication tables, in which case it’s handy.

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Praise for Pippa by Design

“For readers with an interest in dance or fashion, this book is a must. . .Logan’s well-crafted homage to dance and design celebrates working to develop your talents and passions.” —Booklist -

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Claudia Logan, illustrated by Chesley McLaren

Claudia Logan is the author of The Five Thousand Year Old Puzzle, a Bank Street Best Book of the Year in 2003. She is not a dancer, but this does not prevent her from wearing tulle when she walks her two standard poodles or doing jetes at the dinner table to the dismay of her husband and two children. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Chesley McLaren has sketched portraits at Chanel, signed prints at Louis Vuitton, and presented her work at The Chicago Art Institute. In addition to her books— Zat Cat, A Haute Couture Tail, Scholastic Press; When Royals Wore Ruffles, Random House; The Princess Diaries series, HarperCollins—she has created windows and advertising for Saks Fifth Avenue, murals for Bergdorf Goodman, animation and package design for Laura Mercier, mannequins for Ralph Pucci, and silk scarves for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chesley lives in Chatham, New York.

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Claudia Logan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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