Aly and Brooke open a nail salon just for kids in this first book of the Sparkle Spa series!
Sisters Aly and Brooke love spending time at their mom’s popular and successful nail salon—it’s their “home away from home.” At the end of another incredibly busy day, Mom complains she is completely overwhelmed at work, even more so by all the kids who come to have manis and pedis. That’s when the sisters have a brilliant idea: Why don’t they open up a mini nail salon just for kids within Mom’s store? Their plan needs a bit of polish, but all signs point to success…
In this upbeat first book in the Sparkle Spa series, author/editor Santopolo (the Alec Flint Mysteries) introduces practical, organized fifth-grader Aly and her younger and comparatively impulsive sister, Brooke, whose mother owns a bustling nail salon, True Colors. The girls enjoy spending time after-school and on the weekend doing ancillary chores at the salon, which Aly considers "the best place in the world." One especially busy day, their mother lets Aly give the star of the sixth-grade soccer team a pedicure featuring a rainbow of sparkly colors. Word of Aly's nail-polishing prowess spreads quickly, and more young customers flock to the salon, sparking the sisters' idea of opening a "kid salon" at the back of their mother's shop. While there's plenty of talk of nail polish colors, polishing techniques, and how salons operate, the author also devotes substantial attention to the siblings' mutually supportive and respectful relationship, while touching on the idea that "Girls can be smart, strong, and sparkly." Due simultaneously: Purple Nails and Puppy Tails. Ages 7 10.