In this third book of the Craftily Ever After chapter book series, Maddie, Emily, Bella, and Sam accidentally tie-dye a shirt Maddie’s mother made for the mayor!
Emily Adams, Maddie Wilson, Bella Diaz, and Sam Sharma are eight-year-olds with one special thing in common: they love to create. They each have unique talents, too! Emily is great at constructing and building; Maddie has an eye for fashion, fabrics, and sewing; Bella is a gadget whiz; and Sam is a gifted artist. Together, these four crafty friends dream up new projects to design, build, and create and through their experiences, they’ll learn how to handle various obstacles at school and in their everyday eight-year-old lives.
Maddie gets her knack for fashion and sewing from her mom, a seamstress. And she’s made a lot for an eight-year-old—from theater costumes, to brand-new pairs of pants, to pillows for the Craft Clubhouse. But she’s never tie-dyed before! Maddie, Emily, Bella, and Sam have lots of fun turning clothing bright, groovy colors. But then something not so bright and groovy happens. The kids accidentally tie-dye a shirt Maddie’s mother made for the mayor of the town! They try all sorts of things to fix their mistake, but nothing works. What is the foursome going to do about their tie-dye disaster?
With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Craftily Ever After chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.
Maddie Wilson’s slippered feet swung back and forth under her bedroom desk. Scratch, scratch went her pencil. This dress had a sweetheart neckline and feathers all over the skirt. Maddie got some of her best ideas first thing in the morning.
She was just adding the final touches to her latest design sketch when a familiar, mouthwatering smell reached her. “Mmmmmmm! Pancakes!”
Maddie ran downstairs. “Thanks so much, Mom! You make the best—”
“Sorry, kiddo,” said Maddie’s father, standing at the stove and waving his spatula. “Your regular pancake maker is not available this morning. Luckily, she’s not the only one who can flip a flapjack around here.”
“Sorry, Dad!” said Maddie. “Where is Mom?”
“In her sewing studio. This is a busy time of year, so she’s been there since sunup. You should go say good morning. But first—get ’em while they’re hot!” he said, handing her a plate. Maddie did not need to be told twice.
When she finished eating, she volunteered to bring breakfast to her mom.
“Thanks, sweetie,” said Margie Wilson, looking up from her sewing machine. “Hey, do you have time to give me some feedback on my designs? I need someone with a critical eye and a passion for fashion.”
“Sure!” said Maddie. It was fun to have a mom who was a seamstress. Maddie thoughtfully studied several pencil sketches with swatches of fabric taped to them. “Hmmm . . . that dress would look amazing if you added some sequins to the hemline. And maybe using a brighter color, like coral, would make it pop—”
Just then Maddie’s dad burst in, holding out a phone.
“It’s him!” he whispered urgently.
Maddie’s mom quickly grabbed the phone. There were a lot of “Yes, sirs” and “Thank you, sirs.” Then, “Oh! So soon!” and finally, “You can count on me, sir.”
She hung up and sank back in her chair.
“I still can’t believe he hired me,” she said.
“Who?” asked Maddie.
“Mayor Barnstable,” explained Maddie’s mom. “He asked me to create a custom-tailored suit for him to wear to the unveiling of the new town hall.”
“Wow!” said Maddie. “That’s huge.”
“Huge and terrifying,” said Maddie’s mom. “I just learned that the big event is Saturday night. That’s less than a week away!”
“You can do it, Mom!” Maddie said confidently. Suddenly, she had a thought: Wow! This could make Mom famous! And if she gets famous . . . will that make me famous?
Martha Maker is a dedicated crafter who is always working on a project—or several! When she’s not writing books, you can often find her at her favorite community garden with her paint set. She lives in Washington, DC, with her family, which includes two kids, two dogs, and two guinea pigs.
Xindi Yan left behind a small city in China to realize her dream of being a published artist. Having always wanted to illustrate children’s books, she buried herself in countless books and drawings, collecting them even today. Xindi currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dreams about having a puppy in the near future.