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Kylie Jean

Drama Queen

Kylie Jean's class is performing Alice in Wonderland! Kylie Jean knows she'd be just perfect as the Queen of Hearts. But mean girl Paula wants the part too . . . .

GenreRealistic Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 1-3
Lexile Level620L
ATOS Level3.1
AR Points3.1
AR Quiz #140792
Text TypeLiterature: Narrative
PublisherPicture Window Books
BrandKylie Jean
Page Count112
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price



MyMcBook's blog - Ella Johnson

"Kylie Jean is a series of chapter books for girls. If your child loves reading Judy Moody or Ramona Quimby then these books will keep your child’s attention. Kylie Jean loves taking part in any competition going on in her school or in the community. The books also shows how close Kylie Jean is with her family especially her Ugly Brother the dog…and don’t go telling him he’s a dog…lol! I love that Marci Peschke tackled bullying in the Drama Queen book and showing Kylie Jean’s kind and thoughtful side. Kylie Jean makes kids believe that no matter the task if you keep practicing you will be better at it. If you are looking for a good chapter book to start your child reading then I recommend Kylie Jean series. Check out the study guide and cooking recipes at the end of the book." - MyMcBook's blog

July 15, 2011

NetGalley - Renee Burton

"I'm a children's librarian and I see every day that series books fly off the shelves. They like to read about the same character in different situations. Junie B. Jones, Ivy & Bean, Magic Tree House... those are just a few! I'm always looking for a new series to pick up to introduce a little variety into the 2nd and 3rd grader reading habits. Kylie Jean is an excellent addition to my recommendations! Kylie is precocious, fun, and well written. I loved everything about the book. I thought the characters were well developed and the story was fun and entertaining. Definitely one that I will be purchasing for my library! I hope there are many more!" - NetGalley

January 31, 2011

twentybyjenny Blog - Jennifer M. Brown

"One of the things I admire most about Kylie Jean is the way she goes to her friends and family for help. Together, she and her cousin and friends figure out how to cope with the mean new girl without stooping to mean-girl tactics, in Kylie Jean: Drama Queen by Marci Peschke, illus. by Tuesday Mourning. In Kylie Jean: Blueberry Queen, she asks her cousin (a different, older cousin) to help her register for the Blueberry Queen contest, then calls upon her grandparents for assistance—her photographer grandfather for a picture, and her other grandparents for sponsorship. Kylie Jean also asks a neighbor she admires to write a recommendation for her. The heroine models a strategy that can be very helpful to children of this age, who are making fledgling attempts toward independence. She asks for help from people she trusts. Clara Lee also does this in Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream when she seeks out her grandfather as her trusted advisor. That awkward transition to doing things on their own is easier for both Kylie Jean and Clara Lee because of the roles their families play in helping them achieve their goals. Kylie Jean makes a list of tasks to complete in Blueberry Queen, and enlists her family or friends with specific skills to help with each. In the case of Clara Lee, it’s self-confidence she needs—to believe she, too, deserves to represent her town, not because her family helped to found the town (like her rival’s family did), but because she sees herself as an integral part of its community. And then she must summon the courage to give a speech. But once she overcomes the first crisis of confidence, the second feels easy. It’s sometimes hard to find strong books for this age group because so few drill down to these essential issues of blossoming independence. But Kylie Jean, Clara Lee, Dessert Schneider from Dessert First, Clementine, and Ivy and Bean can be strong guides through rough waters." - twentybyjenny Blog

March 18, 2011


School Library Journal - Alison Donnelly

"Kylie Jean lives in Jacksonville, TX, with her parents, brother, and pet bulldog named Ugly Brother. Ever since she was a “bitty baby,” she has dreamed of becoming a beauty queen. As her mother perfects recipes for the Blueberry Festival competition, Kylie decides to enter the contest for pageant queen. She enlists the help of her cousin, and the two girls navigate the Internet without adults and print out an application form that includes the contest rules. The message of the book is very much focused on being pretty, like a princess or angel. In Drama Queen, Kylie Jean starts second grade and learns that the new girl, Paula DuPree, is mean, and that their class will be performing Alice in Wonderland. Kylie has her heart set on playing the Queen of Hearts, but when she learns that Paula has been cast in the role, she settles for being one of four Alices. Kylie Jean accepts her disappointment well, and she and Ugly Brother practice with gusto. When Paula comes down with chicken pox, Kylie Jean gets the part she dreamed of and takes cookies to Paula. The pink and gray illustrations throughout go well with these girly stories. These titles are a good length for early chapter-book readers and will appeal to those girls who like tiaras, ruffled skirts, and lots of pink, just like Kylie Jean." - School Library Journal

July 1, 2011

Shelf Awarness - Jennifer M. Brown

"For the Ivy and Bean and Clementine crowd, here comes another smart, spunky girl with a great deal of resourcefulness. This new series of beginning chapter books launches with four titles. Texas gal Kylie Jean Carter is more queen than princess--she likes to take charge. Despite her aspirations to be a beauty queen one day, she also takes to heart her mother's advice, "Pretty is as pretty does." In Drama Queen, it's the start of a new school year, and Kylie Jean wants to play the Queen of Hearts in her second grade class's production of Alice in Wonderland. She works on her lines with her family's bull dog, Ugly Brother (whose real name is Bruno), until she memorizes every last one for the tryouts. Unfortunately, the new girl at school, Paula, sets her sights on the same role. Interestingly, the new girl is also a mean girl, and the way Kylie Jean and her friends handle the situation could offer some solutions to other elementary students in a similar boat. Marci Peschke tackles bullying, starting a new school year with a new teacher, and the perseverance it takes to perform well, all in a neatly presented package. Tuesday Mourning's gently cartoonish and predominantly pink artwork reflect the heroine's love of all things queen but also her gutsy nature and stick-to-it-iveness. In Kylie Jean: Blueberry Queen (9781404866157/ 1404866159), the heroine really does have a run at (junior) beauty queen in her town's summer Blueberry Festival. She enlists the help of her older cousin to help her make a plan, then approaches her maternal grandparents to act as her sponsor ("I could put Lickskillet Farm on ALL my posters. Your farm would be extra famous!") and enlists her paternal grandfather (who "loves to take pictures") to take her photo. Kylie Jean: Rodeo Queen (9781404866188/ 1404866183) takes place during the spring at the Wild West Rodeo, and in Kylie Jean: Hoop Queen (9781404866171/ 1404866175), the heroine's father helps her master basketball by signing her up for the Little Dribblers. This quartet of tales celebrates a Southern heroine whose femininity, intelligence and strength may well inspire other girls.--Jennifer M. Brown" - Shelf Awarness

January 5, 2011

Crowding the Book Truck blog - Caroline

"Aspiring beauty queen Kylie Jean is back, and this time she has a new plan. Her class is putting on a play, and one of the roles is the Queen of Hearts. Kylie Jean thinks that this is an excellent way to get to wear a crown, but it might not be as easy as she thinks it will be... Once again Marci Peschke has created an enjoyable book that features a well-meaning (though single-minded) girl and her family. If you've enjoyed the other Kylie Jean titles, this one keeps the series going nicely. Tuesday Mourning's illustrations also play a part in giving these books their spark." - Crowding the Book Truck blog

May 18, 2011


Project Author blog - Victoria

"Drama Queen (Amazon) by Marci Peschke and illustrated by Tuesday Mourning is obviously for young children (Amazon says ages 4-8). However, I don't see why an adult wouldn't enjoy reading this book with their child. Yes, the plot is simplistic. It's about a young girl wants to be a beauty queen and has to deal with various obstacles. In this case, her obstacle is a mean new girl named Paula who wants the same part in a school play. However, there are a couple of scenes that parents would probably be more amused at than their child-a miscommunication about a dog being one of them. When I first read the description of this book, I was a little on the fence about it. After all, do young girls need more beauty queen role models? However, the book contains an important lesson: In order to be pretty you have to act pretty. Occasionally Kylie struggles with this. However, she does her best, and I think that it sends a good message to young girls." - Project Author blog

June 16, 2011

San Angelo Standard Times - Glenn Dromgoole

"A delightful new series of chapter books features Kylie Jean Carter from Jacksonville, Texas, who very much wants to be a beauty queen. The first four books by Texas author Marci Peschke were released in January by Picture Window Books. They are "Kylie Jean Rodeo Queen," "Kylie Jean Blueberry Queen," "Kylie Jean Drama Queen," and "Kylie Jean Hoop Queen." The books, available in paperback for $4.95 each, are wonderfully illustrated by artist Tuesday Mourning. The stories are aimed at girls ages 6 to 9. Kylie Jean is 8 years old, loves pink, has a brother named T.J. and a bulldog named Ugly Brother. She practices her beauty queen wave all the time "because everybody knows beauty queens need to have a perfect wave. It's side to side, nice and slow, with a dazzling smile," she explains. The stories are upbeat and emphasize strong family values, with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins pitching in to make Kylie Jean a special little girl. Her mother has taught her that it is important to be pretty on the inside as well as on the outside, and Kylie Jean is — well, most of the time. The character is based on the author's niece, who is in fact named Kylie Jean. The author, an elementary school librarian, has more Kylie Jean books in the works, including "Kylie Jean Spelling Bee Queen" and "Kylie Jean Football Queen." Four more Kylie Jean books are scheduled to be published in January. Read more on the author's website," - San Angelo Standard Times

April 7, 2011

The Book Buff blog - Kate

"Well, my favorite little pink lovin', hard workin', beauty queen aspirin' girl is back in Kylie Jean, Drama Queen. Her last adventure was Kylie Jean, Rodeo Queen, where she learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Her mama always tells her pretty is as pretty does, and this time around she's learned that lesson through learning to be nice to the new, mean girl in class. I really love these Kylie Jean books, she's such a good example to little girls, she always works hard at her goals, and she always tries to be nice. She doesn't always accomplish that last goal, but watching her learn and grow is the fun of the books. Aside from learning to be nice to someone she doesn't like, she also learns how to handle the disappointment of not getting the part she wanted in the school play. I've been there, and while as an adult it doesn't seem like a big deal, as a kid, it is devastating. But Kylie Jean puts on a smile, and keeps on truckin'. Of course, the ending of the book turns out picture perfect, but its a book for little girls, so it works just fine. This is a series that I truly love and would recommend to just about any little girl. I would say however, that the books might not appeal quite so much to the tomboy set, but Kylie Jean is so endearing, I think even they won't mind the pink overload in this book :) I whole heartedly rate this book, 1, Pay Full Price." - The Book Buff blog

May 9, 2011


Practically Paradise Blog - Diane Chen

"Have you seen the Picture Window Books series featuring Kylie Jean? We currently own Kylie Jean Drama Queen, Kylie Jean Rodeo Queen, Kylie Jean Blueberry Queen, and Kylie Jean Hoop Queen. They aren’t processed and checked out through our circulation system yet because I cannot pry them out of the hands of these sixth grade girls long enough to slap a barcode on the books. This is a re-creation of a typical conversation. Fortunately some of the boys were playing with my flip camera and recorded part of it, but NO, I’m NOT going to show the video since it was totally a bad hair day and I have deleted the video. Girl 1: Here, Ms Chen! Here’s that book Kylie Jean Blueberry Queen I borrowed from you to review. I’m sorry I kept it so long, but my sister wanted to read it too, and then my friend in science class saw it and she needed to read it last weekend. Could you hold it here because Eliana is grabbing her overdue book so she can read it, too, and I told her she’d better hurry because Mariam said she was going to get it first, but Mariam already read Kylie Jean Drama Queen so she should have to wait. Ms Chen: Wait a minute! I lent you the book so you’d write a review for me and I could share it with blog readers. I still need to hold on to it so I can catalog it after tutoring today and read it myself so I can write about it. Girl 1: Well, I know you need a review so how about you just tell your readers that girls in fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, and seventh grade will love to read this, but that the eighth graders might want some more romance stuff instead. Umm, and tell them that I really like the cover of the book because it’s pretty and Kylie Jean could be any of us girls with brown hair, and that everyone wants to read it, and that it’s funny, and that it’s quick to read, oh, and tell them that we convinced the computer teacher to let us go to the website during class and we found an event kit there and our reading teacher Ms H says if you want, she will help us have a Kylie Jean party and she has a beauty queen tiara, oh, yes, and tell your readers that my Nana let me make the recipe in the back and it even tasted good, and oh, yeah, I think every library should have every one of these books, and I really need the Kylie Jean Rodeo Queen next and I saw that Lillian had it and she said I could read it (if you say it’s okay) and she put me on her list cause she knows you want lots of people’s opinions about it so she’s got a list and people are borrowing it from her and she knows you won’t mind. Maybe I can have Tiajah come tell you about the one she’s reading – the Hoop Queen one – cause she said she liked it and she won’t let anyone else read it til she reads it a second time. Ms Chen: Okay, I think I can almost remember what you told me but you should really try to breathe more when you are talking. Maybe I should just give you the stickers to put on the books and somebody can drop by to let me know where they are. You know I like to track how many people are reading these new books I review so I can have accurate numbers. Girl 1: Ms Chen, you are so silly. You just need to add up all the girls in Ms H and Ms M and Mr W’s class cause we all read this one and then you can just pretend it was checked out and then you’ll know its popular for your numbers. Girl 2: Hey, Ms Chen, she better be giving you that book back because I got here first and I need to read it. She only let me read it to chapter four on the bus. Is that author Marci Peschke going to write some more books about Kylie Jean because I have some ideas to share with her and maybe then she can share some profit with me, too? My mom said I should just write my own book but I told her all about plagiarism and that I would have to invent my own person or go to jail and my mom said I should ask you how to write to the author to ask her. Do you think Wednesday Morning would make the pictures for me? Ms Chen: The illustrator is called Tuesday Mourning" - Practically Paradise Blog

February 20, 2011

NetGalley - Amy Holbrook

"This book is about a young girl, Kylie Jean. It starts with her going to her first day of second-grade where she meets a new student Paula Dupree. Kylie Jean does everything she can think of to make Paula feel welcome but it’s met with Paula’s snappy comebacks. Kylie learns that her class is going to put on Alice in Wonderland, and she really wants to be the Queen of Hearts. Apparently, Paula wants the role, too. Who will get to be the Queen?   I really enjoyed this book. I loved looking at all of the illustrations and can’t wait to read the others. I thought it was neat that there was a recipe and questions about the book at the end. The questions will make kids think about how the characters treated each other and hopefully will take out of the book that it is better to be nice. Kids will definitely enjoy this book. I know I did." - NetGalley

May 18, 2011

NetGallery - Kristin Fontichiaro

"Cute! This hits a sweet spot with not-quite-ready-for-Beverly-Cleary readers, and the pinkishness will definitely appeal to female readers. Hope this series will be in paperback so libraries can quickly acquire the whole series (and also because kids this age often prefer paperback, in my experience -- looks more like what they can get in the bookstores). Best wishes for this new series ... and when will we see more Katie Woo???" - NetGallery

December 1, 2010


This Blonde Reads blog

"From blueberries to beauty pageants, third grader Kylie Jean wants to be the queen of everything! But in her quest to be the best, this young southern belle learns a few lessons of her own. Mischievous, delightful and fun, this series will be at the top of every young girl’s list Drama Queen Kylie Jean’s class is performing Alice in Wonderland! Kylie Jean knows she’d be just perfect as the Queen of Hearts. But mean girl Paula wants the part too . . . . This Blonde’s Review: I had reviewed a Kylie Jean story before when I reviewed Hoop Queen. I decided to review the rest of the series in the same post since I had similar things to say about all of them. These are all wonderful stories. Definitely longer than you’d assume looking at the cover and the description. These are better for young girls who have learned how to read but still need a simple story to read. My daughter is too young to read yet, but she enjoyed these stories enough to want me to read them straight though and to read multiple times. Each story shows how being kind and thoughtful will get a girl further than being pushy. Kylie Jean is a great example to girls who are struggling with whether to be kind or go with the crowd. They’re great stories for even smaller girls too if you’re willing to read them. They can be a little long for bedtime reading, but they’re still great even for a 4 year old." - This Blonde Reads blog

May 20, 2011

Hott Books - Gina

"Kylie Jean Carter only wants one thing - to be a beauty queen. So when her new teacher decides that the class will be acting out "Alice in Wonderland' this year. Kylie knows that the part for her is the one of the Queen of Hearts. All she needs to do is to know her lines better than that nasty Paula... My Thoughts: This was adorable! Zany wanted to read it every night until it was finished - even though we have a one chapter a night rule we were done in just a couple of days. I loved that though Kylie Jean's character wants to be a beauty queen a main focus of the book is how she can have a beautiful character, as well. It gave us several lessons and helped through an evening after some children had hurt my girl's feelings." - Hott Books

March 2, 2011

Book Reviews by This Librarian

"From the beginning of this easy reader chapter book Kylie Jean's voice is distinct. "Then an idea hits my brain like mud on a noonday pig." She's feisty, smart and wants nothing more or less than being a beauty queen. In this installment of the series, Kylie Jean begins second grade and wants badly to play the Queen of Hearts in the second grade's production of Alice in Wonderland. Kylie Jean works day and night for a week learning all of the Queen's lines. When it is time to audition she knows her lines perfectly. The problem is she is not the only person who wants the part. Paula Dupree the meanest girl in second grade is trying out to be Queen as well. Girls of all ages will love to laugh with and at Kylie Jean. Even the mean girl, Paula Dupree is a character girls will identify with. The books shows without telling children how to deal with bullying. For example, Kylie Jean ignores Paula rather than calling her names and she tells her mother about Paula calling her a baby. In the end we see that there is a reason for Paula's bullying behavior as is the case in most real world bullying scenarios. Kylie Jean handles Paula with nearly unfailing kindness and in the end shows Paula what a good friend she can be because after all, "Pretty is as pretty does." That's what Kylie Jean's momma would say. Comparable: Allie Finkle series and Fancy Nancy Will I buy it? Yes!" - Book Reviews by This Librarian

March 2, 2011


aobibliosphere Blog

"But I'm pretty on the outside and on the inside. - Kylie Jean Carter Boys and girls dream of what they want to do or be when they grow up. For Kylie Jean Carter there is only one thing - to be a beauty queen. Kylie Jean is an eponymously named new chapter book series written by Marci Peschke with illustrations by Tuesday Mourning. It is about a spunky and charming little Texan girl, her family, friends and the other people in her life including Ugly Brother, the faithful pet bulldog. Rodeo Queen * It is spring time and all's right with the world. the rodeo is coming to the small town of Jacksonville, Texas and Kylie Jean wants to be Rodeo Queen. If she expects to get the title, she must learn some rodeo lessons like barrel-racing. Blueberry Queen * Summer arrives and the blueberries are ripe for picking. Everyone is looking forward to the Blueberry Festival especially Kylie Jean because every year one girl is chosen Blueberry Queen and she would just love to have that tiara on her head. Drama Queen * Summer comes to an end and Kylie Jean heads back to school. She is now in second grade. her whole class gets ready for a production of Alice in Wonderland and she hopes to play the Queen of Hearts but the new girl Paula Dupree might just steal it from her. Hoop Queen * During fall, Kylie Jean catches basketball fever. She has to gather pledges and make lots of baskets at the Free Throw Tournament in order to be the year's Hoop Queen. But first she must learn how to play the game. I surprised myself when I realized that I could still enjoy books aimed at readers aged 6 to 9. Perhaps because it was also around that time that I began my love affair with the written word. I loved reading the series and the books do not have to be read in any particular order. Each can stand alone. I would definitely recommend them for their universal appeal. Family-oriented values, obedience, friendship, resourcefulness, cooperation, generosity, humor and insight are just some of the themes found in the books. there are also recipes and fun stuff to do at the end of each one. Together, parents and their children will certainly have a lot to look forward to when the series debuts in January 2011. My personal rating is: 4 shamrocks – great" - aobibliosphere Blog

December 18, 2010

Mrs. Katz's Book Blurbs Blog - Mrs. Katz

"In "Drama Queen," Kylie Jean introduces us to her family, her dog Ugly Brother and friends and tells us she wants to be a beauty queen. When she learns that her class is going to be putting on the play Alice in Wonderland, Kylie Jean is determined to be the Queen of Hearts so she can wear a crown. However, the mean new girl, Paula, also wants the same part. Kylie Jean is a very funny girl and you can't help but like her. The writing is so inviting and the illustrations add just enough pizazz and sparkle to help move the story along. Kylie Jean's relationships with her family, bus driver and friends are realistic but her relationship with Ugly Brother is priceless. When Kylie Jean dons a wig to rehearse her part in Alice in Wonderland, Ugly Brother is scared of her. When she asks him a question and he barks twice, that means "yes." The author infuses the story with lots of theatre terminology including stagehand, understudy, and break-a-leg and readers will learn about putting a play on as well as enjoy a lovely story. Kylie Jean is a new series and will become popular among young girls right away. Three other titles are being published simultaneously and all four will be in hardcover and paperback. I read "Drama Queen" as an ebook arc courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher Capstone and it will be available January 4, 2011." - Mrs. Katz's Book Blurbs Blog

December 27, 2010

NetGalley - Bella Smythe

"Kylie Jean is an eponymously named new chapter book series written by Marci Peschke with illustrations by Tuesday Mourning. it is about a spunky and charming little Texan girl, her family, friends and the other people in her life including Ugly Brother, the faithful pet bulldog. Drama Queen * summer comes to an end and Kylie Jean heads back to school. she is now in second grade. her whole class gets ready for a production of Alice in Wonderland and she hopes to play the Queen of Hearts but the new girl Paula Dupree might just steal it from her. i surprised myself when i realized that i could still enjoy books aimed at readers aged 6 to 9. perhaps because it was also around that time that i began my love affair with the written word. i loved reading the series and the books do not have to be read in any particular order. each can stand alone. i would definitely recommend them for their universal appeal. family-oriented values, obedience, friendship, resourcefulness, cooperation, generosity, humor and insight are just some of the themes found in the books. there are also recipes and fun stuff to do at the end of each one. together, parents and their children will certainly have a lot to look forward to these." - NetGalley

August 1, 2011

Marci Peschke

Marci Peschke

Marci Bales Peschke was born in Indiana, grew up in Florida, and now lives in Texas, where she is a librarian. She has lived in three haunted houses, but now lives with her husband, two children, and a feisty black and white cat named Phoebe. She loves reading and watching movies.

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