Kylie Jean

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Author: Peschke, Marci
Grades: 2 - 4
The second grade heroine is the antithesis of Junie B Jones and similar heroines. She is polite, friendly, optimistic, and generous. Her big brother is almost always kind to her. Her parents and extended family are loving, supportive, and understanding. She works hard to achieve her goals and is almost always successful. The most "naughty" thing about this book is that her dog's name is "Ugly Brother". One iissue with this series is that the girl wishes she could be a beauty queen (never describes what this means in detail but mentioned numerous times in every book) and she frequently practices her beauty queen wave and smile and measures her behavior against what a "real" beauty queen would do eg. a beauty queen shares so I will too, a beauty queen is happy for the other team that they won, so I will be too, etc.In her mind (and soon to be in the reader's mind) a beauty queen is perfection. At the back of each book the reader is invited to use a code to enter a website which hasn't been reviewed.

Comments are explicit and detailed and are intended for parents to use to determine acceptability for their children. Please read comments - do not rely on ratings alone. Books are reviewed to the best of our abilities, we apologize for any errors.

Review Date Title Rating Mini Series Series No. Comments
11/05/2020 Kylie Jean Fashion Queen Problematic
Girl enjoys staying up late to watch the movie awards on TV with her mother and commenting on the (not tznius) fashions worn by the actors. She is thrilled when her cousin asks her to wear a gown she sewed in a fashion show which is a fundraiser for the high school prom. The only redeeming value is that her mother tells her one also must be pretty on the inside, not only on the outside.
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Spelling Queen Generally Acceptable
see note on series. Girl studies hard to win the spelling bee. Mention of going to church on Sunday.
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Drama Queen Generally Acceptable
See note on series. Girl competes with a mean, new girl to be a part in the class play.Play is "Alice in WOnderland"- mention that it is a movie. New girl exhibits very bad midos but she eventually wins her over with kindness.TV. Language- gross.shut up, weird.
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Hoop Queen Generally Acceptable
See note on series. Girl tries to win a basketball contest to raise money for an animal shelter. Mention of move "The Pink Panther", TV watching, teenage brother listens to loud music. Family goes to church- no religion. Cartoonish illustration of basketball uniform worn by second grade girls (shorts and tank top)
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Rodeo Queen Generally Acceptable
see note on series. Girl wants to win contest in the rodeo. One sentence mention of going to church- no religion. Girl stays up late watching movie on TV.Grandmother makes her "pinkie swear" that she will work hard learning a rodeo trick- text and illustration. Language- dumb.
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Singing Queen Generally Acceptable
see note on series. Girl enters talent show and wins second place. Mention of church singers- no religion. Grandfather watches golf on TV. Language- gross.
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Blueberry Queen Questionable
Note on series: The second grade heroine is the antithesis of Junie B Jones and similar heroines. She is polite, friendly, optimistic, and generous. Her big brother is almost always kind to her. Her parents and extended family are loving, supportive, and understanding. She works hard to achieve her goals and is almost always successful. The most "naughty" thing about this book is that her dog's name is "Ugly Brother". The only real issue with this series is that she wishes she could be a beauty queen (never describes what this means in detail but mentioned numerous times in every book) and she frequently practices her beauty queen wave and smile and measures her behavior against what a "real" beauty queen would do eg. a beauty queen shares so I will too, a beauty queen is happy for the other team that they won, so I will be too, etc.In her mind (and soon to be in the reader's mind) a beauty queen is perfection. At the back of each book the reader is invited to use a code to enter a website which hasn't been reviewed. In this book, girl enters contest to be the "queen "of a local blueberry festival. Girl uses internet to enter contest. Grandparents sit on a porch swing holding hands "like the true sweethearts they are"- text and illustration. Father holds mother's hand as they wait to hear if she won a contest. Mention of watching "Miss America" beauty contest. One word mention of church. Girls in contest look like "movie stars". One sentence mention of country radio show. She stands in the dress shop to try on dresses in her slip because "it is classy".
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Dancing Queen Questionable
See note on series. Girl auditions to be in ballet "Swan Lake"- story briefly summarized. Girl saves the day when she offers volunteers her high school age brother to dance the male role where he needs to pick up the ballerina (who is his cousin). Ballet culture. ONe word mention of movie theater. TV. Class goes on a trip to see the ballet "Cinderella"- story briefly summarized.
05/24/2018 Kylie Jean Football Queen Questionable
See note on series. Girl needs to choose between being in a halftime dance at a football game or cheering for her brother and being his "good luck charm".One word sentence that her high school aged brother is "sweet" on her neighbor- this is explained as meaning he would like her to be his girlfriend. Nothing further mentioned about it. A lot of football culture- entire town roots for the highschool football team- pep rallies, cheerleaders, etc. Cartoonish pictures of high school girls in skimpy clothing.