Edie is known for her great outfits and stylish flair. She and her best friend Andrew spend a lot of time playing dress-up. The school hall is their runway. Edie loves the compliments and whispers of admiration, so much so that she begins dressing in increasingly outrageous outfits to get even more attention. No outfit is too bizarre, no costume too flamboyant for Edie. She's so busy coming up with her newest eye-catching ensemble that she doesn't even have time for Andrew anymore ... until one day Edie creates an outfit so weird and so big and bulky that she gets stuck in the doorway. Will anyone notice that this budding fashionista is in trouble?
Andrew, a school-going chickadee, has developed a problem common to many kids (and adults) too many commitments are leading to burnout. It starts innocently: surely joining the debate club would help his drama performances. And why not karate and ballet to improve his dancing? Luckily, Andrew's friend Edie (previously seen in 2014's Edie's Ensembles) helps him get back to a better place and to bed to catch up on sleep. Working in digital media, Spires gives her animal cast the polished look of Plasticine figurines. While the premise of the overcommitted child has been explored before in books like Roz Chast's Too Busy Marco and Peter H. Reynolds's Too Few Of Me, Spires makes it her own, bringing a playful touch to her writing and artwork. In fact, insofar as this is a message book, the real takeaway is less "know your limits" than "nothing ventured, nothing gained." By book's end, Andrew has returned to his love of acting and cleared his schedule, but he's also become a cinephile something he might never have discovered without a stint in French film club. Ages 4 8.