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This sparkling New York Times bestselling picture book from Victoria and Elizabeth Kann celebrates all things pink while showing readers that being yourself is the best of all. This 10th anniversary edition of Pinkalicious features a special sticker and a glittery jacket just for the occasion.

Pinkalicious loves all things pink. From fairy dresses to cotton candy to bubblegum. Most importantly she loves eating pink cupcakes. Mommy and Daddy warn her not to eat too many, but Pinkalicious can’t help herself. They’re just too good! But when Pinkalicious eats one too many, she turns pink herself! What will she do?

Pinkalicious is the first picture book starring Pinkalicious and her family. She stars in five more picture books—Purplicious, Goldilicious, Silverlicious, Emeraldalicious, and Aqualicious—as well as I Can Reads, doodle books, and more!

32 pages, Hardcover

First published May 23, 2006

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Victoria Kann

166 books208 followers
Victoria Kann is the award-winning illustrator and author of the picture book series featuring the whimsical and effervescent character Pinkalicious. Victoria coauthored and illustrated the first two books, Pinkalicious and Purplicious. In addition, she cowrote Pinkalicious: The Musical and wrote and illustrated the #1 New York Times bestsellers Goldilicious and Silverlicious. Currently she is working on several more books about the adventures and antics of Pinkalicious. You can visit her online at www.thinkpinkalicious.com.

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Profile Image for Lisa the Librarian.
386 reviews52 followers
February 9, 2009
The cute picture on the cover is misleading. It looks like a charming story about a little "princess" girl who loves pink.

While the girl does love pink this story is far from charming. The little girl is naughty, spoiled, greedy, disobedient, sneaky and obnoxious.

We read this story as part of a "pinkalicious" party with my nieces and daughters. The party was fun with everyone in pink and lots of pink treats, but there is no way any of my sisters or sisters-in-law would put up with the behavior of this bratty little girl.

When Pinky makes pink cupcakes she eats too many and throws a fit when her parents tell her she has had enough. When her greed causes consequences (turning her pink) her parents are properly horrified, but she is delighted and refuses to do as the doctor and her parents tell her to do. She pretends to eat the healthy dinner then gets up in the night after her parents are asleep and steals more pink cupcakes. It is only when she turns red that she decided to eat healthy green food, but the veggies are described with such distaste that I am sure some children will be turned off of veggies they may have previously liked.

The puns on the word pink are cute, (like 'Pinkerbell') but that is not even close to being enough to redeem the horrid example of this naughty child.

Skip "Pinkalicious' and go for "Fancy Nancy" a much more charming girl who loves to dress up in pink and fancy clothing and play fancy games.

February 14, 2021
Now how did I forget about Pinkalicious? My grandchildren and I love Pinkalicious, especially this first book in the series. I see lots of one or two stars, but the overall rating is over four stars so someone besides me loves this book!

Pinkalicious loves everything pink, so when her Mom makes pink cupcakes, Pinkalicious is wolfing them down like there's no tomorrow. That's enough Pinkalicious!, her mother admonishes..."You get what you get, and you don't get upset!" But Pinkalicious does get upset. In the middle of the night, Pinkalicious climbs up, reaches for more pink cupcakes from on top of the fridge, and polishes them off too. Before you know it, P turns pink, then red, and that's just the tip of the iceberg! If you want to know how this twisty thriller ends, you'll have to read it to your own kids and grandhildren - or sneak a peek at the library.

The grandkids and I often listened to this in audio (and others in the series) before dropping off to sleep....(sigh) I can't wait until we can get our lives back into a family pattern...

Covid, covid go away, and don't come back some other day, the kids and I all want to play!
Profile Image for S.N. Arly.
Author 8 books17 followers
August 11, 2011
Oh where to start? I actively dislike this book. It's pretty much everything I can dislike about a picture book rolled into one.

1 - it's disgustingly pink, and for those trying to allow for more flexibility in gender roles, this book does not help.

2 - the parents are idiots, as in literally of low intelligence. They let their kid have numerous cupcakes and then are horrified by her sugared up behavior. They are easily fooled and they appear to let their kids do whatever the hell they please. If my kid had this sort of reaction to pink cupcakes, they wouldn't still be around for little Pinkerbelle to steal more of. I read and write young adult, and this is something I can't abide when I hit it there, too.

3 - the consequences for the spoiled bratty child's behavior are lame. Oh noes, she turns pink. Oh noes, she turns red (oh the humanity, she didn't want to be red, she wanted to be pink!).

4 - the solution is worse - healthy food is vilified. In America we have more than enough overweight kids, they do not need this message. I don't care if it's coming from an unreliable narrator, kids don't understand that and they do not need to get more of the "eeew green food is yucky" message (they get enough of that from commercials and trips to the grocery store and classmates...). If she ate the vegetables and realized she liked them, that might make the book salvageable. And for those who aren't aware, there are kids who love vegetables.

5 - no lesson is learned, apparently by anyone as little brother turns pink next since the stupid parents didn't do something smart about the apparently addictive and evil cupcakes.

I have no problem with kids behaving naughty in books. While that bugs some reviewers, it's not a big deal to me. I don't particularly like snotty spoiled characters, but they may be representative of the audience and can provide good teaching discussion points. Unfortunately, the cover has a cute girl in pink and dressed as a fairy, so my three-year-old daughter (who is of an age that she totally buys what they're selling) thinks it is the coolest thing ever.
Profile Image for Kirk.
Author 28 books107 followers
September 1, 2012
Parents across the country love Pinkalicious, the first in a series of books by the Kann sisters. On the surface it's a fun-filled exploration of bad behavior and the consequences one must endure for dishonesty. But there's a much darker undercurrent at work here, or maybe I should say "lighter" since it is generally draped in white robes and encompassed by burning crosses.


Pinkalicious, Middle America's favorite beady-eyed bitch, is a deceitful, thieving shit. That in itself would be forgivable. But it's one thing to steal a dozen pink cupcakes from your family and eat them. It's quite another thing to steal a dozen pink cupcakes from your family and eat them when your parents are so poor that your mother wears a fucking apron rendered from newspaper and old love letters, and the only outfit your parents can afford for you is a cheap ballerina outfit from Walmart.

All that aside, I'm still confused as to what the message of this book is. What exactly are the authors trying to say? Our protagonist eats a few cupcakes and she's not white anymore. To make matters worse, in the warped world the Kann sisters create, turning any color other than white entails being victimized by an aerial unit of the KKK composed of racist birds and insects that attack the shit out of Pinkalicious, all for the simple fact that she isn't white anymore. Hell of a message there, assholes.

As if that message isn't bad enough, the more sweets Pinkalicious eats, the darker her skin tone becomes, which in turn causes her life to get worse and worse. By the time this little shit turns red and her parents take her to the doctor's to see if she can be turned white again, you can't even question the racist undertones.

The doctor has a solution. At this point, you're expecting the cure to entail spending time in a cryogenic tank for a Pepsi commercial or wearing a diamond glove, grabbing your crotch, and screaming "shamoah," but all Pinkalicious has to do to turn white again is eat vegetables. You know, because only whitey sustains a vegetarian diet while exoticizing Eastern culture by drinking green tea.

Final Assessment:

Some jackass took a few scraps of newspaper, a three-color palette, a glue stick, and a spoonful of racism to create one of America's top-selling bowel movements. Pick this up immediately... if you like your kid's mind to be filled with the intellectual equivalent of chicken-fried dog shit. I give this book three out of four heaping piles of excrement.
Profile Image for Kathryn.
4,246 reviews
September 21, 2009
Okay, it IS better than "Goldilicious" in terms of a cohesive story, but I still was not charmed by this annoyingly pink-and-sparkly book with the cartoonish illustrations and ambiguous line on proper behavior. The little girl loves pink things, but can't stop eating the pink cupcakes even after her mother tells her not to. And then the girl turns pink. Instead of having remorse for her actions, she is thrilled that SHE is now pink! She eats even MORE of the forbidden cupcakes (stealing them from the top of the fridge!) and is only remorseful when she turns RED from over-consumption. Oh, horror! Let us not care about right/wrong or listening to our parents--instead let us only care about how we look. What a dismal message to send to our children!!!
Profile Image for Jasmine from How Useful It Is.
1,295 reviews341 followers
November 10, 2021
Read for my toddler’s bedtime. The girl loves to eat those pink cupcakes. She couldn’t stop eating and ate too much and her skin eventually turned pink. Her mom took her to the doctor and the doctor told her to eat her greens.

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8 reviews
December 19, 2008
I decided to review this book as a warning to other moms. If there were negative stars I would have given this book a -2 stars. The cover is deceiving. It looks all princessy and cute, but is all about a girl who is disobedient and naughty, sneaking in to the pink cupcakes. She is rude and disrespectful to her parents. When the book fair came to Naiya's school, I told her she could buy one book and this is what she chose! Such a dissapointment! As I read it to her, I had to keep saying things like, oh that is so naughty! You would never do that.. How do you think that made her family feel? Ugh. Stay away from this book!
Profile Image for Abigail.
7,113 reviews186 followers
February 20, 2019
A young girl who is obsessed with all things pink finds herself turning her favorite color, after eating one too many pink cupcakes. Her parents are horrified, and rush her to the doctor, who diagnoses a case of Pinkitis, and recommends a healthy dose of vegetables. The girl herself isn't convinced that being pink is a bad thing, but when continued cupcake eating turns her a deep shade of red, she realizes that being herself is best...

The first of a best-selling series of picture-books about this girl and her color-related adventures, Pinkalicious is utterly unappealing, and I find myself at a complete loss to understand its success. The artwork is flat and formulaic, the main character obnoxious, and the story unsatisfying. I disliked the fact that eating vegetables was described in such a viscerally negative way in the story - don't we have enough of a problem getting children to make healthy food choices? - and wasn't thrilled at the way the heroine's bad behavior (lying, stealing) was addressed, mostly because it wasn't. I'm in the midst of a project at work to read through our picture-book section, so I will (unfortunately) be picking up more of these books, but I don't really recommend this one. I understand that the sparkly cover, prominence of pink, and presence of cupcakes might hold great appeal, especially for young girls, but there are better series out there - the Fancy Nancy books, the stories about Tallulah the ballerina - that fit the bill. Try one of those instead!
Profile Image for Kendra.
Author 13 books90 followers
February 16, 2016
My reasons for adoring this book are everyone else's reasons for hating it: the pink, sparkly cover and ultra-girly title screams I AM A BOOK THAT WILL VOMIT FROOFY PRINCESSNESS ALL OVER YOUR 2016 GENDER SENSIBILITIES. (Wildest dreams, worry not: you may rest fulfilled!) But it is not that book, and that is a good thing.

What I found instead of a saccharine princessplosion was a funny book about a stubborn, mischievous girl whose unflinching dedication to her favorite color leads to her skin turning bright pink. Title character Pinkalicious continues to sneak pink cupcakes even after her mother tells her to quit, and has to deal with the consequences (by eating yucky green vegetables to even out her color).

Yes, she's badly behaved. But then again, so are Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones. Also, so are real little girls. Girls at my library love this book--partially because of the pink and the sparkles, but also because Pinkalicious is relatable. The whole first page of reviews of this book are filled with adults bemoaning how Pink is a "hateful, spoiled, thieving little brat." Did you never sneak a cookie in your youth? Good gravy.

I thought this would be a vapid, froofy princess book, and instead I was rewarded with character, spunk, and a little magical realism. Awesome illustrations. Pinkalicious forever!
Profile Image for Greta.
Author 2 books8 followers
July 1, 2013
Not only is the protagonist a terrible role model in ALL the books of the series, but she's not funny or insightful either. I dislike the series so much that I hide them from the kids in my church nursery so I don't have to read them. I must say, I'm relieved that other people feel this way too.
For super girly-girl fun, read the FANCY NANCY books. They're the best!
Profile Image for Susan.
34 reviews12 followers
January 12, 2019
From Taj (age 4): I really really really like it. And I really really love it. I wish I could keep it forever but it’s a library book.
37 reviews
December 7, 2012
I really did not like this book. I did not like the way the girl acted in it at all she was really rude and did not listen to her parents at all.


A young girl and her mom are making pink cupcakes. She eats them as they frost them. When she wakes up from her nap she wants another one and throws a fit. Then after dinner she ate more cupcakes. The next morning she woke up and she was pink! Her mom freaks out and takes her to the doctors. The doctor tells her that she has to have green food to go back to normal. On the way back they go to the park and she blended in with the flowers. When they got home they went to sleep but Pinkalicious snuck into the kitchen and ate another pink cupcake. Then next morning she woke and she was red, so she went to the kitchen and ate all of the green foods. She then turned back to normal. But, her brother gets to the last of the cupcakes and he turns pink too!

Use in the classroom:

I think that you could work this into a nutrition lesson for young kids. Even though you won’t really turn pink its still good to eat green foods. I can’t say that I will be using this book in my classroom. I didn’t like the way the girl behaved in the book and I wouldn’t want to bring that kind of behavior into my classroom.
Profile Image for Eva-Marie.
1,672 reviews128 followers
August 10, 2011
2.5 - This is one of my lesser favorites about Pinkalicious. I don't like her attitude of behavior. Anyone who knows me or reads my reviews knows I don't "do" bad kids. Julia is an absolute angel compared to the average kid so maybe that's why. Or maybe she's an angel because of expectations. Either way, I don't deal with that stuff - she knows a punishment will shortly follow.
I'm not worried about her getting any ideas from a book with a character acting in the wrong way. She knows enough to not go there. If anything we have pretty good discussions about how not to act. But it still peeves me to see a kid do things like Pinkalicious does in the story and totally get away with them.
Kann would have done better to have the parents whooping Pinkalicious' ass IMO. I'd have rated that higher.
Julia liked it more than me and we comprised on a 2.5 rating. I said 2, she said 3. (Which also told me it's not one of her favorites either - she usually rates them 4's and 5's. She couldn't, or wouldn't, expand on why she liked this less.)
Profile Image for Fjóla.
450 reviews26 followers
June 13, 2012
It felt as if I'd read this exact same story somewhere else, in a different form. (Of course, there's the resemblance to A Bad Case of Stripes as well.) A little girl with a penchant for pink goes a little overboard and takes on a pink shade herself. My son (at this stage of his life) loves everything pink, so he strongly identifies with the main character. I think he was however a little put off by the way she sneakily treats herself to cupcakes after being said no. He liked enumerating all the pink things the doctor ordained her to exclude from her diet, and then the green things she was advised to eat. (Parents may object to how the green/healthy food in the book is vilified/yuckified, but hey, we're talking about Pinkalicious here ...) There's a funny twist at the end, but overall this book is pretty lightweight. In fact there are many problems with it, and not much in terms of take-home message ...

We'll grant it two stars for the pinkness.
Profile Image for Mandy.
320 reviews321 followers
July 19, 2015
Cute book for little girls! My daughter Maycee loved it!
Profile Image for Jenna Knepp.
109 reviews3 followers
June 4, 2018
I liked it I read it to my stuffed animals they loved it also!!
Profile Image for Shayla.
60 reviews1 follower
January 5, 2023
a fast paced book that had me begging to get to the next page. loved the vibrant visuals and the incredible character design.

pinkalicious Pinkerton is a flawed yet lovable character who learns to balance her wants with her health and learns the consequences of her actions.

the ultimate book to change your mindset for the new year and become a better person

maybe if we all read pinkalicious, we could build a better world
Profile Image for Amanda Hicks.
270 reviews
February 10, 2017
My kid loves this book.

Both of my kid loves this book.

I hate this book.

My kid already likes everything to be all pink all of the time, but when the main character is forced to eat green things she describes them in a terrible light.

We have been changing the descriptor words, but that will only last for so long.
Profile Image for orangerful.
948 reviews47 followers
May 26, 2010
After having several parents ask about this book, I decided to request it to see what the fuss was about. I was a bit disappointed to say the least.

I think the story just went a bit too far. I was hoping that when the doctor made her eat green stuff, she would resist, but then find that some green foods are delicious too! Instead, she sneaks out at night to eat MORE cupcakes and only realizes the error of her ways when she turns red. And then she "chokes down" green foods.

It would have been so much cuter if her addiction to green food made her start to turn green. And then end it with her brother turning some other color because he was eating something earlier in the story. I dunno, I think I could have done it better.
Profile Image for L.E. Fidler.
705 reviews76 followers
April 16, 2012
this is, hands down, fiona's favorite book.

and i get that. it's cute, there's lot of cupcakes, and the plot focuses predominantly around the color pink.

but pinkalicious is a brat. she doesn't listen to her parents, she tantrums with the best of them, and she disobeys direct orders routinely.

yes, the book is about learning to balance the pinks with the greens and eat junk food in moderation; however, all my three-year-old seems to understand is that "green food is yucky" and that pink rocks.

so, because my child loves it, it's 4 stars. but don't use it in hopes to convince your toddler that eating a well-balanced meal will be the proper course of action.

it ain't like that.
Profile Image for Marilyn.
620 reviews
June 26, 2013
I'm not wild about this book. It's fluffy, with out any real merit. I'm especially turned off by children's books in which the main characters have poor manners and bad familial relationships. I don't want to read about entitled brats with doorknobs for parents when there are gems out there to read.
Profile Image for Jennifer Nemo.
37 reviews
September 22, 2013
Description: A young girl sees the results of eating too many pink cupcakes.

Curriculum connection: moderation, colors, individuality

Personal reaction: I didn't think I would like it but it was a really good and funny story.

Visual appeal: This book is filled with visual appeal from the pink and the pink and the glitter.

intended audience: K-2
Profile Image for Canoe.
54 reviews2 followers
January 3, 2017
As a parent, I find that I can safely say that this book is crap. If you can avoid it, do so at all costs.
31 reviews2 followers
January 5, 2018
Personal Response- My sister really enjoyed this book because it was full of fun pictures. She also liked the fact that it was part of her favorite series. I thought the book was good for her because the reading level was good for her age and has some fun words for her to sound out phonetically.

Plot Summary- Pinkalicious and her mother decide to make pink cupcakes. Pinkalicious loves pink so much, so she wants to eat a few. Her mother tells her not to, but she eats them anyways. When she wakes up the next morning, she is pink! Her parents take her to the doctor, where the doctor tells her that she must eat lots of green to become her normal color again. When they get home, Pinkalicious does not listen, and steals one more cupcake. The next morning, it got worse; Pinkalicous had turned red. She decides that she should listen to the doctor and eats lots of greens to return to her normal color. When her skin finally returns to her normal color, she promises to always listen to her parents.

Recommendation- I recommend this book to girls because it is about a little girl who loves everything pink. I do not thing young males would like this book because at the end she makes a comment about her "stupid, little, brother". I believe a good age group for this book would be kindergarten third grade. I think that if a little girl loves pink and very girly books, that she would like this book.

Characterization- In the beginning of the book, Pinkalicious was very unruly and ate the pink cupcakes without her mothers permission. After she turns pink, she realizes her mistake and tries to turn back to normal. When she finally returns to her normal color, she understands why it is important to listen to her mother.
20 reviews
November 7, 2017
Text to Teach Connection:

This story about a little girl that loves ALL things pink, especially pink cupcakes, is a great tool for a discussion on behavior. Pinkalicious is a very spoiled, disobedient girl. She doesn’t listen to her parents and in fact, does the exact opposite of what she is told. But that comes with a consequence, however in my opinion, not a harsh enough consequence. This could be used to discuss how students must follow ALL of their teachers rules, and how to NOT be like pinkalicious. We must do as we are told, regardless of what we want to do. This could also start a discussion about healthy eating. Which green vegetables do the students like and also encourage them to try more!
Profile Image for Becca.
425 reviews19 followers
June 10, 2018
Leo says:
How do you feel about it? Meh
What do you like about it? "When the doctor says no more pink cupcakes! You can't eat pink cupcakes if you're still pink. It's so silly"
What don't you like about it? "All the pink!"

Becca says: Man, I hate this book. Way to make vegetables seem like a gross punishment, and there doesn't seem to be any real consequences or moral. It's not particularly fun to read, either. It's not straight up objectionable, like a lot of "girl's books" are but it's still on my "try to lose" list
Profile Image for Vernon Area Public Library KIDS.
924 reviews36 followers
July 8, 2020
Do you love pink? Pinkalicious loves anything pink! She loves to eat her pink cupcakes, and can't stop eating them! What happens when you eat too many pink cupcakes? You might turn pink! My granddaughter's favorite color is pink, and she loves cupcakes as well!
This book is available as an e-book through Hoopla.

Reviewed by Debbie Hersh, Circulation, Vernon Area Public Library
Profile Image for Tiffany (The Book Skeptic).
142 reviews9 followers
November 29, 2022
A children's picture book about a little girl who eats so many pink cupcakes she ends up turning pink. I picked this up because I'm back in a reading slump so I needed something super quick and easy. Reading this brought back childhood memories, and I still like how cute the pink cartoon food is. Not at all what I expected to read this year.
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