Synopsis: Little Norma Jeane grew up between foster homes, an orphanage, and a family friend’s house—where she was forbidden to watch movies. Through her difficult childhood and teen years, she dreamed of becoming an actress. One day, a photographer spotted her and gave her a modelling contract, and from this day she was “Marilyn Monroe.” Though much-admired, she suffered from pre-performance anxiety, which was a challenge for her in her career. Her films grossed over $200 million but she was known to have said: “I don’t want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.” This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the star’s life.

Release Date: 7th September 2021

Genres: Picture Book, Biography/Memoir, Children’s, Celebrity

Pages: 32

Thank you to Quarto/Frances Lincoln and Netgalley for the Earc to read and review.

Review: Marilyn Monroe even today who doesn’t love her? She’s an icon and remembered for being the most beautiful women ever.

I loved that I got to learn more about her by reading this, I didn’t realise she had been raised in an orphanage, that was so interesting to me. She had such a ‘normal’ life before becoming who we all knew her to be, it’s so fascinating. She’s always such an inspiring, talented and beautiful woman no matter the era we are in and I am so glad she has a part in this wonderful book series.

As I always say this series is incredible, with the adorable illustrations, the biographies of some of the most wonderful and inspiring people being cut down to bite sized easy stories for younger kids to read and understand. These books will always be a recommendation from me.

About Author: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children’s books and the author of the multimillion-copy bestselling Little People, BIG DREAMS series of picture books that explore the lives of outstanding people. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.


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