Antonia was a beautiful princess. She had everything she could ever want, being a princess and all. However, she felt bored. But being a princess she...moreAntonia was a beautiful princess. She had everything she could ever want, being a princess and all. However, she felt bored. But being a princess she had many friends. So she called them up. But Cinderella was cleaning, Rapunzel didn’t leave her tower, Sleeping Beauty was taking a nap, and Snow White was just plain busy. But Antonia couldn’t stand it. She was bored and she finally decided to do something about it. So she started running. She ran to Rapunzel’s tower and convinced Rapunzel to run with her. Then Cinderella joined them. And Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. Then some animals joined them (like the three billy goats gruff). Antonia loved the freedom she felt while she was running. Finally they all reached the sea and a lovely sunset. Then everyone turned around and went back to their homes with a fresh outlook on life. From then on out all the princesses were more apt to do things together, and they were never bored.
This is a fun twist on what it is like to be a fairy tale princess. In fact, I love the fact that Antonia takes charge of her life by doing something rather than actually just being bored. She didn’t wait for a fairy godmother or a prince to come and change her life–she did it. Also, I liked how just the act of running, exercising, made her feel better. Not stuff that she got or bought or friends or anything. It was doing something. And then all her friends decided to go along with her.
And then there are the illustrations. I love how it feels like a few textures and some colors were put together to make these pictures. Textures such as the bows on Antonia’s dress or what look like a photograph of Snow White’s dishes are combined with what look like lace doilies or brick walls for paths and castle towers. Then illustrations of the actual princesses faces or hair or trees are ever present as well. In fact, this whole set of illustrations are just one happy marriage of texture, drawing, and complementing colors (that go along with the pink and sparkly feel most young readers will love). Seriously, any little girl who loves pink and princesses will enjoy this story. And who knows, perhaps she will also learn to run or do things on her own to make her life a little less-boring. Brilliant.(less)
Goat is grumpy. Mostly because when he tries to do various things nothing turns out as neat as what Unicorn is doing. For example, if Goat rides his b...moreGoat is grumpy. Mostly because when he tries to do various things nothing turns out as neat as what Unicorn is doing. For example, if Goat rides his bike to school (which he thought was “pretty cool”) Unicorn flies to school. When Goat wants to impress everyone with some magic tricks Unicorn goes around and starts turning everything to gold. Goat is frustrated and thinks that “Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great.” So Goat decides to ignore him and eat a pizza with goat cheese on it. Unicorn comes over and can’t resist “that heavenly smell” of Goat’s pizza. Once the two animals start talking, Goat realizes that Unicorn’s life isn’t quite so perfect after all (Unicorn doesn’t have cloven hooves, isn’t good at playing soccer, etc.) So Goat starts to rethink his opinion of Unicorn…and perhaps they could be friends. Perhaps they could even team up. Or perhaps they can just play together and be friends.
This is a fun story about perceptions and friendship. But it is done in such a way that kids (especially those who like rainbows and sparkles) will love reading it over and over again. The illustrations are fun. The main bodies of each character are a shape of color and then extras like arms, legs, or hooves are all drawn with a black line. Then there are all the great rainbow colors that are all over the book (because Unicorn has a thing for always having loads of colors around). And I have to laugh that the other friends (the ones that Goat is sure like Unicorn better than him) are a cat, a dog, some sort of hamster-like animal, a piece of toast, and an apple or orange type of fruit. Which is just funny…especially when the toast is playing goalie at the soccer game. Seriously, even if parents aren’t into the colors and sparkles of a Unicorn, they will enjoy this book with all the subtle details that are just plain funny. Once again, I love what Bob Shea has created. And I am not surprised.(less)
This makes me laugh!It is basically a book that tells about all sorts of My Little Ponies (based on the tv series). You know, short blurbs about their...moreThis makes me laugh!It is basically a book that tells about all sorts of My Little Ponies (based on the tv series). You know, short blurbs about their "personalities" and whatnot. Girls that love my little pony will enjoy reading them. Adults and librarians will love laughing over them. And as an added bonus the cover says "20% cooler than all other books!" And really, who can beat that?!? Ha!(less)
This is one of those books girls who love pink will want to read over and over again. However, it is not as good as The Very Fairy Princess or Fancy N...moreThis is one of those books girls who love pink will want to read over and over again. However, it is not as good as The Very Fairy Princess or Fancy Nancy, so be prepared to enjoy the pink and then pull out other pink books. Fun addition to a book display at a tea party though.(less)
This is a typical spoiled princess is rotten and likes it book. Although she stays rotten and doesn't even think about changing. So, it isn't really f...moreThis is a typical spoiled princess is rotten and likes it book. Although she stays rotten and doesn't even think about changing. So, it isn't really for the princess girly-girls who like to live in the land of happy. But, for those that think it funny that unicorns would poop candy, this is the "rotten" book for them. (less)
I love how this series shows how to make verious LEGO creations. In this particular one it even shows how to build a dragon. I will have to take this...moreI love how this series shows how to make verious LEGO creations. In this particular one it even shows how to build a dragon. I will have to take this for ideas to my LEGO library program!(less)
Viola Louise Hassenfeffer was a princess. But unlike most princesses she had a few hobbies that made her a bit different. She liked to karate chop, di...moreViola Louise Hassenfeffer was a princess. But unlike most princesses she had a few hobbies that made her a bit different. She liked to karate chop, dive into the moat, and skateboard. The King, Queen, and rest of the kingdom was worried that she did not act like a princess should. So when an invitation to go to Camp Princess to learn how to be a regular princess came, she jumped at the chance to go.
Alas, at Camp Princess she just didn’t seem to fit in. She couldn’t be herself and be a “normal” princess at the same time. When the Royal Bash is crashed by a dragon, it is Princess Viola Louise Hassenfeffer who comes to the rescue by being herself. And then all the other princesses want to learn how to be just like her. And Viola figured out that she can be the “darling of the kingdom” by being herself.
I like this book. A lot. I especially like how even though pink is a major color, and princesses are a major theme, it shows that you don’t have to be all pink, all princess, and all perfect to be the best princesses ever. I like how Viola doesn’t have to have her hair up. She can defend herself and her friends without waiting for a knight. And she can do it all while wearing bracelets and a tiara. I also like how the illustrations give a nod or two to comic book-style panels when princess Viola is especially being herself. After all, nothing says happy action like a few comic-panels. And the nod to other princesses is quite humorous for the adults. (I noticed some Princess Leia buns and a Snow White inspired gown just to name a few.) This is one book that allows the princess lovers to realize that there is often more to being a princess than just the sparkles and the waving. I love it!(less)
This princess likes dangerous things, like her pet scorpion...which looks an awful lot like a cat with a tail curved up like a scorpion. Not my most f...moreThis princess likes dangerous things, like her pet scorpion...which looks an awful lot like a cat with a tail curved up like a scorpion. Not my most favorite fairytale/princess books...but great for the princesses who aren't like all the others.(less)
One little vampire is a Dancing Queen around her spooky home. When her parents sign her up for night classes at a ballet studio, she is in heaven. But...moreOne little vampire is a Dancing Queen around her spooky home. When her parents sign her up for night classes at a ballet studio, she is in heaven. But there are a few mishaps on her way to fulfulling her dreams. She must learn to not bring her pets (a cat and a bat), not trip on her cape, and not turn into a bat when things get tricky. But with a few good suggestions she learns how to keep working toward her dream so that she can dance as well as anyone.
Honestly, the story is fun--but the pictures are what make this book! The Vampirina Ballerina is so adorable (I love the pink and black and the sparkles). And there are so many funny moments that you wouldn't get from the text. For example at one point everyone is looking in the mirror at the ballet studio and everyone has a reflection except for our young ballerina. Or when she is practicing around the haunted mansion each scene is hillarious (and the writing on the toombstones is a nice touch).
If there are little girls who love monsters, dancing, ballet, or all things pink and sparkly...this will be a fun book for them to check out of the library...or own! And since there are as many jokes for the parents as bits of the story for the little one, adults will want to read this again and again along with their kiddo. Well done!(less)
There once was a king who loved his daughter so much that he never slept so that he could find the perfect prince for her. Unfortunately the King didn...moreThere once was a king who loved his daughter so much that he never slept so that he could find the perfect prince for her. Unfortunately the King didn’t really think that any prince was perfect enough for the princess. Soon all the princes around were trying to think of ways to get the King to sleep so that they could talk to the princess (and perhaps fall in love with her). But nothing worked. One day a farmer came to the palace and gave the king a basket and said here are “ten fluffy chicks for the king.” Only there was just one chick in the basket. The king was confused especially when more animals came as gifts. Even though the note always said there were ten animals, there never were. The King paid more and more attention to each set of gifts from the farmer. Finally the farmer sent “One hundred sheep for the king.” The King was no fool. All the other sets of animals were the wrong number, so the King knew he needed to count those sheep. And he almost did. He fell asleep while doing it.
This is a great folk tale! I think it will be quite fun to tell it to my storytime group. I can just see them laughing when they finally figure out that “counting sheep” will put the King to sleep. And the pictures are fun. I especially love seeing the princess and her reaction to everything in the background while her father tries to keep the imperfect princes (and farmer) away from her.(less)
Do you wish that you could be oh-la-la fancy? Do you like the sound of "charm school"? Do you like books with pink end pages and pink dream scenes? Pe...moreDo you wish that you could be oh-la-la fancy? Do you like the sound of "charm school"? Do you like books with pink end pages and pink dream scenes? Perhaps you like books that have sparkles on the cover? Then this is another book for you. (Especially if you like the idea of another Fancy Nancy type of character who isn't quite as pink as the Pinkalicious girl.)
Louise Cheese wants to be important. She wants others to notice her. So she wears a big sombrero or flippers to try to get her family to notice something "different" about her. Then she rides around the neighborhood trying to get the "pepperoni" (aka paparazzi) to take note. As Louise rides past her best friend (who calls her) she finds someone who does notice her. A girl named Claire Eclaire who is from Paris and will let Louise be part of her "charm" school. Louise soon learns what is truly charming versus truly annoying. And it even has a quiz in the back to see if you know what it takes to be an ooh-la-la VIP charmer.(less)
The little girl from Too Pickley and Too Purpley is back. This time she is trying to figure out what to play with because she is BOARD! Her toys are "...moreThe little girl from Too Pickley and Too Purpley is back. This time she is trying to figure out what to play with because she is BOARD! Her toys are "too piecey, too blinky, too bangy, too plinky." And she just wants to play with something. Of course at the end she finds the perfect toy, and it just happens to be one of my nieces and nephew's favorite things...that isn't a toy but is a toy.
This is a fun little read with lots of bright illustrations and a plethora of boredom dashed by pure imagination. The only caveat is that I don't believe there is such a thing as too princessy. But, perhaps that is the princess in me talking... ;)(less)