Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Princess Pistachio by Marie-Louise Gay -- NOT RECOMMENDED

Gay, Marie-Louise Princess Pistachio. Pajama Press, 2015. $12.95. Content: G.

Pistachio has always suspected she was actually a princess, but when she receives a mysterious crown in the mail, that cinches it. Now she has every excuse to behave in an uppity, entitled manner. Unfortunately, no one else believes her stories about her heritage. Her parents scold her for acting naughty, her (former) friends make fun of her, and her sister tries to steal her crown. What's a princess to do?

This story has a cute premise and many of the illustrations are adorable. However, Pistachio was snotty, mean, and downright bratty throughout the book, making her impossible to like or sympathize with the way the reader is clearly supposed to. Many of her words and actions literally made me cringe as I read them. While the ending had potential, it felt extremely rushed, and Pistachio ultimately learned very little; there's nothing at all to show that she will not continue to be awful.

EL (K-3) -- NOT RECOMMENDED. Reviewer: Caryn

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