Book Review: Coco and the Little Black Dress by Annemarie van Haeringen

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Coco and the Little Black Dress by Annemarie van Haeringen
(Started & Finished: December 12, 2015)

"Hurry up! You may only go to bed when all the sheets are ironed." Little Coco grew up in the orphanage and had to work hard for a living sewing and embroidering like an angel. Until her eighteenth birthday . . . Coco knew one thing for sure Coco. She would never, never be poor again. A beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Coco Chanel. Coco Chanel (1883-1971) was a famous French fashion designer. Born into a poor family, strictly brought up in the orphanage, influenced by the style of wealthy suitors, she remained faithful throughout her life to the simplicity. A luxurious simplicity, which has produced memorable style icons like the little black dress and perfume Chanel No. 5.

Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: September 30, 2015
Source: North South Books Inc. through Netgalley

If you haven't heard of Coco Chanel, then I don't know which planet you are living in. She is well known for her infamous Chanel No. 5 scent, the Little Black Dress, and the classic Double C logo on every girl's dream bag. Before becoming a legendary fashion designer, she actually has a rags-to-riches back story that Annemarie van Haeringen was able to depict in this illustrated children's book. It's quite a cute story that not only little girls can enjoy, but also their moms. It actually reminded me of Madeline because of the very French feel of the story. It's also a simple way to relay a biography to all the readers out there because it's visually entertaining and concise. I also appreciate the fact that it's empowering little girls to be different and to reach for their dreams.

To sum it up, Coco and the Little Black Dress is a recommended read for both moms and little girls. Perfect to bond over a short story before going to bed. Good job, Annemarie!

Happy Reading everyone!

Love lots, xx

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