Starlight Goes to Town (Hardcover)

By George Booth (Illustrator), Harry Allard

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374371876, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2008



The other hens in Farmer Brown’s Tennessee henhouse think that Starlight LaPoule – (hush! Her real name is Ethel Fae Klucksworth) – is short a few feathers. They may be right. For Starlight is a chicken with a ridiculous dream. She wants to become a high-fashion model in Paris or Milan. And with the surprise help of her very own chicken fairy godmother, anything is possible. Or is it?

With antic illustrations by renowned cartoonist George Booth, Harry Allard’s funny story about a hen with outsize expectations is sure to crack up even the most hard-boiled of readers.

About the Author

HARRY ALLARD is the author of the ever-popular Miss Nelson books and the beloved misadventures of the Stupid family. He lives in Oaxaca, Mexico. GEORGE BOOTH is a celebrated cartoonist for "The New Yorker "and "The New York Times "who has also illustrated several children's books, including "Wacky Wednesday "by Dr. Seuss. He lives in Stony Brook, New York.

Praise For Starlight Goes to Town

“George Booth’s illustrations are wonderful!” —Sacramento Book Review

“Allard resurfaces after 17 years with a surreal tale of a chicken who dreams of becoming a high-fashion model but ends up taking what she can get.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Allard once again appeals to his readers' precocity with snarky dialogue, silly specificity and vocab gone mad.” —Publishers Weekly

“Children will undoubtedly get a chuckle over Starlight’s crazy escapades.” —School Library Journal

“As befitting a book by Allard, author of the Stupid family series, this gets downright silly . . . Booth, a cartoonist for the New Yorker, provides frenzied ink-and-watercolor artwork that picks up on the many humorous elements in the story and runs, flies, and sashays down the catwalk with them.”

“Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist George Booth provides hilarious illustrations.” —The News Tribune