Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Touch-and-Feel Book Takes Young Fashionistas through a Chic, Madison Avenue-Style Boutique

Is It Taffeta? Is It Silk? A Touch and Feel Book for Young Fashionistas

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Monique’s Boutique Author: Dorothy A. Whitehouse; Illustrator: Francesca & Rick Weber; Skippin’ Stones; Category: Juvenile Fiction; Hard Cover: 978-0615472461, $17.99 USA, $22.00 CAN; Availability:,, and fine stores such as Sweet & Sassy, Wisteria, Cabana 19, Kidegories, The Woman’s Exchange, Learning Express Toys, Toy Box, River Road Books in New Jersey, Tutti Bambini & Funky Monkey Toys in Greenvale, NY, The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL and Once Upon a Time in Delray, FL

It’s not every day that a self-professed tomboy who cut her teeth at ESPN publishes a touch-and-feel book introducing young fashionistas to satin, silk, and other luscious fabrics.

Nonetheless, in her newly published children’s book “Monique’s Boutique,” Dorothy Whitehouse takes young readers on a tour through a sophisticated shop highlighting ritzy attire and showing kids that fabrics are fun!

Complete with stylish rhymes, artful illustrations, and touch-and-feel samples of taffeta, suede, and other fabrics, Monique and her elegant dog Fifi explain the different textures and how and when to wear them, satisfying curiosity and enhancing the fashion sense of boys and girls alike.
Appropriately enough, Whitehouse has been enjoying successful book signings at a variety of well-known department stores, including multiple signings at Bloomingdale’s along with Neiman Marcus and Pottery Barn Kids. Upcoming signings include an additional appearance at Bloomingdale’s as well as signings at Sweet & Sassy, Toy Box, and Learning Express Toys.

Whitehouse comments, “I’m a tomboy at heart, but as a child, my mom took me to fashion shows and gave me a love of fashion and style. That combined with my dad’s encouragement to publish one of my books resulted in ‘Monique’s Boutique.’”

Textured material swatches adorn the page and each one generated great excitement by my daughter. As the parent, I enjoyed the fact that the book introduces them to the proper terminology for various types of fabric and educates them on the proper times to wear them…The text is succinct and educational while at the same time expressively whimsical with flair. ~ Macaroni Book Review

“The book is sort of a primer for little girls’ entree into the world of fashion and the role it will play in their lives.” ~ Review by John Burton, The Two River Times

AUTHOR: Dorothy A. Whitehouse worked as a VP at ESPN ABC Sports in marketing and sales and was one of SportsBusiness journal’s Forty under 40 recipients, which honors the most promising young executives in the sports business. Having grown up with parents who were entrepreneurs, it is no wonder Dorothy pursued the same path. She chose opportunity over security and has since launched several of her own businesses while also acting as Mom-in-Chief to two young sons. A graduate of the University of Michigan (BA), Emerson College (MA), and Rutgers University School of Law in Newark (JD), Dorothy has finished thirteen marathons and qualified for Boston. She tied the knot to her prince, Ted, in a Vera Wang dress (go figure) and has two delicious boys, Joseph and Teddy.


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