Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern?
Target Age Group: Approx. 5-9 years old
Length: 40 pages
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author-illustrator JULIE KRAULIS lives and works in Toronto, but her heart belongs to the world. She developed her wanderlust growing up in a few different places, and her travels always bring new inspiration. Julie is a stop and smell the roses kind of gal who loves to create. This is her fourth picture book; she is also the author and illustrator of Whimsy’s Heavy Things, An Armadillo in Paris and An Armadillo in New York. Julie lives in Toronto, ON.
First off, I have to say that I loved the illustrations in this picture book. Julie Kraulis has a unique style that really fit the story and made it stand out. They are the kind of pictures that would cause me to pick up the book, even if I wasn’t interested in reading it.
As for the story, I am going to do a two part review. I always read the picture books I review to children in the age range because they may see it differently than I do–which was true in this case.
I read A Pattern for Pepper to my eight-year-old niece. She has been taking some sewing lessons from my mom and I thought this might be up her alley. I was right. She loved it. With each page she wondered what the perfect pattern was for her, and then told me her favorites at the end. For young girls who are interested in fabric and sewing, this is a great book to read together. She gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
As for me, I thought the pictures were beautiful, but for me, the story was dull. The entire story line was a little girl named Pepper browsing different patterns in a fabric store as she tries to find the perfect one for her. I didn’t find myself engaged with the characters and didn’t really care which pattern she chose. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.
Which gives us a combined 4 out of 5 stars.