Sunday, April 29, 2012

New illustrated series empowers tween & teen girls to make good choices

STARLETTE UNIVERSE "Book 1: 'CAT'ASTROPHE" by Kathy Johnson introduces young readers to six glamorous girls who stand up for what is right 

 - Starlette Universe Book 1: 'CAT'Astrophe by Kathy Johnson, a fashion-savvy pageant mom and female version of Dr. Seuss, is the first installment of a new, brightly-illustrated series depicting the adventures of six bright, young, beautiful girls.

 Bursting with color, wordplay and catchy rhymes, the book introduces readers to gentle Jinnie, brainiac Bekka, fashiony Ashlee, rapper Sallee, foodie Lizzie, 'punny' Skylar and her blogging German schnauzer pet, Punkin. United by friendship, fashion, boys and a strong sense of right and wrong, these girls disdain cliques and anyone who doesn't treat them and others nicely. 

 In CAT'Astrophe, the Starlettes encounter their nemesis Eva the Evil, who uses an innocent kitten to create danger and horror for the girls. Racing to save the poor feline, the Starlettes demonstrate their love of animals and hatred for cruelty as they witness first-hand Eva's transformation into a whirling dervish. Will Eva's ability to morph into monsters - be it a werewolf, zombie, vampire or undead head - be the Starlettes' undoing - or will the Starlettes emerge victorious and defeat Eva? 

 "Along with the fun and humor, girls can learn new vocabulary, the joy of wordplay, and serious messages for living, with lots of good advice and character lessons," says Johnson. "After entering the Starlette Universe, all readers are faced with a decision: Team Good, or Team Evil?" 

Aimed at young girls and appealing to their femininity, the pursuit of excellence and a heroic spirit, each Starlette is profiled through her 'unique-speak' personality. The narrative contains rhyme, verse, pun and prose that uses hyphens and mash-ups to add new meaning to words and phrases. 

 CAT'Astrophe harnesses a number of themes in order to convey its message of good versus evil," says Johnson. "There is no religious agenda, per se. Elements from religion, fantasy and adventure are all brought into play. I'm bringing 'wholesome' back to today." 

 The book is fully illustrated with full-color depictions of the girls and their adventures by renowned cartoonist Dick Kulpa, who successfully turned the six Starlettes into America's sweet'arts' with his distinctive artwork. Kulpa is former publisher of Cracked Magazine, creator of Bat Boy (centerpiece of "Bat Boy the Musical"), and a thrice-syndicated newspaper comic strip cartoonist for Tribune Media Services and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate.

 About the book:
Starlette Universe Book 1: 'CAT'Astrophe by Kathy Johnson
ISBN: 978-0615611778
Publisher: Kulpa Publishing Co.
Date of publish: March 21, 2012
Pages: 66
S.R.P.: $14.99

About the author:
Kathy Johnson is an attorney and mother of Miss Vermont 1999 and Miss Vermont USA 2001.
Her creation, STARLETTE UNIVERSE, first appeared in Pageantry magazine for eight years.

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