Jenkins, Emily Princessland, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. PICTURE BOOK. Farrar Straus Giroux (MacMillan), 2017. $16.99. Content: G
Romy is sad and the only thing that will make her happy is if she’s in Princessland. Pet feline Lady Cat leads Romy on a walk, making her describe Princessland. After a long day together Romy realizes that she did spend the day there.
The title of this book will interest many young children. The illustrations are eye-catching with colorful princesses dressed up in fancy gowns. I believe though the text sends a wrong message to kids. Yes, if you use your imagination, you can go anywhere. However, there are already lots of “princess” themed books out there. I think we need books with stronger female characters who can find ways to be happy besides going to Princessland.
Pre-K, EL (K-3) – NO. Reviewer: Nancy W.