Illus. by Gillian Wilson. Berkeley, CA: Owlkids Books, 2019. 48p.
ISBN 978-177147-2531 hc. Gr. 5-9 J391.009
Filled with gruesome topics, the subtitle "How Fashion has Injured, Maimed, & Murdered Through History," explains the concept of the book and the attraction for young readers. Sixteen historic dangers to health that were driven by fashion include Lethal Lead Makeup, Risky Radium, and Fatal Footwear Fiascos. Most fashion risks were due to toxic chemicals in makeup, hair dye, and color processing in clothing before scientists took more care in testing materials used and worn by humans. Other fashion trend tragedies, such as too long scarves and too tall shoes, could have been avoided by public refusal to wear them, but we humans are slaves to fashion. Each two-page spread is filled with photos and block prints that enhance the reading experience and keep the pages turning.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI