Mary Had a Little Plan (Mary Had a Little Glam #2)

by Tammi Sauer (Author) Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)

Mary Had a Little Plan (Mary Had a Little Glam #2)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Mary had a little plan

that sprouted on the spot.

It all began the day

she passed a drab, abandoned lot.

Fashion-forward Mary is known for adding flair everywhere she goes. When she spots an abandoned lot in her neighborhood, Mary knows she can use her stylish talent to spruce it up. Soon she's rallying neighborhood shops and calling on her friends to help. With Mary leading the way, this group carries out her little plan that has a big impact on her community!

"Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary, the diminutive, precocious, brown-skinned queen of glam."--Kirkus Reviews (starred) on Mary Had a Little Glam

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"The rhyming text is organized in well-paced couplets that read effortlessly and offer an occasional nod to other nursery rhymes. The type includes words set in a whimsical font in colors that complement Brantley-Newton's lively, playful illustrations. Mary and her friends have loads of personality, and readers will be charmed by the ingenuity, dedication, and community spirit they display. A light read, this story is a glowing example of the magic that results when a thoughtful initiative receives support. Fun and inspiring." — Kirkus Reviews

"[T]his picture book makes a fantastic addition to any nursery-rhyme collection, but it's also perfect for children in urban communities who are looking for ideas about what to do with abandoned lots." — Booklist
Tammi Sauer
Tammi Sauer is the author of All Kinds of Special, Mr. Duck Means Business, Mostly Monsterly, Chicken Dance, Cowboy Camp, and other books. She has worked as both a teacher and library media specialist. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two children. Visit her at

Fernando Martín is an illustrator from Valencia, Spain. He studied media and audio-visual communication, but drawing is what he loves the most. He works mainly digitally and likes using limited but colorful palettes. His illustrations are inspired by childhood memories, traveling experiences, eighties cartoons, and music. He illustrated All Kinds of Special by Tammi Sauer, among other books.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Union Square Kids
Publication date
September 20, 2022
Mary Had a Little Glam
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV011010 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Library of Congress categories

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