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Penny and Penelope

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Two girls on a play date learn there’s more to each other than meets the eye with a little help from their dolls in this exciting picture book adventure.

Penny and Penelope are very different dolls. Penelope is a sweet princess, while Penny is a fierce secret agent. Penelope wants to ride her pony through the countryside, while Penny wants to wrestle alligators. How can
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Imprint
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Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Children Who Enjoy Games Involving Dolls and/or Lots of Imagination
Two young girls, one with a Penelope Princess doll and the other with a Penny the Secret Agent doll, find a way to play happily together in this entertaining picture-book examination of childhood games of make believe. Brought together on a play date, the two girls seem at first, through their dolls, not to appreciate one another's style, but eventually they see that both princesses and secret agents can do fun things...

Having enjoyed author Dan Richards' earlier picture-book, Can One Balloon
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
A fun story about what girls can do. It would work well for story time with two presenters.
Joy Lane
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the dialogue in role play. good for early readers
Jillian Heise
This was really cute! Love the flipping of traditional gender roles through the dolls the two characters play with.
Linda Atkinson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Action packed imaginative play. Loved!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the illustrations. This book is a good one to teach the value of differences in a realistic way.
Alyssa Gudenburr
I really enjoyed this book. I tells the story of two girls with two different play styles. One has a princess doll and the other has an action doll. They start of fighting but by the end they see how there is not "right" way to play with dolls. I would recommend as a one-on-one story for elementary children due to the small illustrations.
Jeri  Kniess
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Love it! Princesses are tough and secret agents need help sometimes. Let's not get stuck in our boxes. (And little brothers can play dolls, too!)
Stretched out a bit too long and tried a bit too hard.
Alicia Evans
Two little girls have a play-date with their dolls, but Penny and Penelope are very different characters. We see each girl struggle at first accepting the other's style, but then they realize that they can have a lot of fun together. I love that this celebrates imagination, girl power, and all types of beauty. Nicely done.

For: readers who love imagination and play; readers looking for an exciting book about girl power; readers looking for a diverse book.

Possible red flags: characters in peril.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
On a play date, through the eye's of their dolls, two friends have an exciting adventure and learn you can't judge a doll by its outfit.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When two very different girls get together for a play date, it turns out their dolls are just as different. Penelope is a very sweet princess with a tea set and a pony. Penny is a secret agent with a motorcycle. When danger arrives outside the castle, Penny rushes forward. She defeats the crocodile in the moat and then moves on to take out the werewolf lurking in the woods. Soon Penny and Penelope are riding together on the motorcycle trying to escape, but the werewolf makes its way into the ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cbmr-reviewed
Two girls happy to learn they both have Penelope dolls. However, one doll is a super spy and the other is a princess. Super-spy Penny doesn’t do tea parties, she fights bad guys. Princess Penelope doesn’t know any bad guys, she lives in a happy kingdom. It looks like the pair won’t be able to play together until they discover there’s a werewolf in the forest. Penny and Penelope can both save the day, showing that a spy and princess can get along after all.

This book begins with two girls meeting
At first it might seem that the two girls in this picture book have nothing in common. But as they come to realize while playing with their dolls, it's possible for a princess and a secret agent in search of adventure to work together and combine their strengths. One girl adores princesses and sparkly things, and her Princess Penelope prefers quiet pursuits such as taking tea and riding on her pony while the other girl's Penny doll gets around on a motorcycle. When the girls play together, they ...more
Amberdenise Puckett
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
I like that this book shows that girls can be princesses and secret agents, but overall, I thought it was kind of "meh". Penny and Penelope is very dialogue heavy and someone is constantly saying what's going on, which I admit is very similar to how children play, but I found myself wishing for more narrative instead of dialogue.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Two girls on a playdate with very different dolls discover there's more to each other than meets the eye.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-literature
I like that this book was a little bit out-of-the-box. The pictures are bright and fun but it was maybe a little bit too out there. I wouldn't use this one for a story time.
Leslie Marley
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great for establishing a more flexible idea of femininity.
Ann Haefele
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Liked the concept that girls can be princesses, daring, and intelligent all at the same time, but too much dialogue and not enough showing with narrative. Was confusing as to who was saying what.
Two girls who are playing discover that their dolls are just as different from each other as the girls are.
Bailey Held
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: k-2, funny
This story is about two different dolls that are together for a play date. It can teach that even when people are different they can work together.
Nov 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Kayli (Love Learning Everyday)
This book is cute and does a great job modeling what playing with friends looks like. Especially when your friends have different interests than you. A great gateway book into fun imagination.
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