Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Patricia Crete (Translation: Catherine Nolan)
Illustrator: Al Berenger
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Coco Chanel was a woman who changed the world. In this pocket bio book, readers learn about the life of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, fashion icon and entrepreneur. Coco grew up in France, most of her childhood being raised by nuns. She learned to sew and grew to love fashion. She also created and sold perfumes, her most famous known as “Chanel No. 5.” Coco's fashion and sense of style greatly influenced those in France, as well as throughout the world. She created a business and was known throughout the world, even beyond her death.
This book is a short and fun read, giving a quick glimpse into the life of a fashion and perfume icon. The book is short and easy to read, using simple words and phrases that people of all ages can understand. The short biography gives enough detail to be interesting and informative as well as engaging. The story itself takes up just over half of the book, followed by a timeline showing the events listed throughout the book in order. Also following is a map with key places mentioned. Then come the important people and some fun facts. This book is simple in its exploration of the life of Coco Chanel, but thoughtful enough to teach audiences about Coco’s life.