Sunday, April 30, 2017

Princessland by Emily Jenkins - NO

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.

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