Fashionista by Maxine Beneba-Clarke

Thu 21 May 2020

In terms of fashion, kids know where it's at! They experiment freely with shape, colour, style and personal expression. Sometimes their fashion choices are incredible (and hilarious) gumboots paired with tutus are a bit of a classic. 

Maxine Beneba-Clarke's picture book: Fashionista is all about embracing and celebrating your individuality through fashion. Her words dance across the pages in playful tongue-twisters, accompanied by her illustrations that combine colourful collages and watercolour pencil. It's a fun read for kids and adults, and you might even spot some celebrities in the pages who are known for their love of fashion - people like Prince, Beyonce, and Serena Williams.

No matter who or where we are, simple clothes, and the way we wear them, can say so much about us, and what we want to say to the world. Clothes can speak for us, when we cannot. Fashion is not just about expensive designer clothes: fashion can be defiant, revolutionary, wild, compliant, challenging, or camouflaging." - Maxine Beneba-Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an award-winning Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue. She is The Saturday Paper’s poet laureate, and won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2017. This is her third children’s book.

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A Lothian Children's Book, published by Hachette Australia.

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