Double Pink


Madison loved pink. Wholly, completely, deeply, truly pink. Is there any other color in the world? No-never. What for? Did there ever need to be?

Day by day, Madison begins to create a totally pink world. What could be more perfect? Perfectly pink! But something is missing....

Then Madison remembers her favorite brown bear, her red fire truck, her green balloon. Pink is nice-it really is-but it needs the other...

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Madison loved pink. Wholly, completely, deeply, truly pink. Is there any other color in the world? No-never. What for? Did there ever need to be?

Day by day, Madison begins to create a totally pink world. What could be more perfect? Perfectly pink! But something is missing....

Then Madison remembers her favorite brown bear, her red fire truck, her green balloon. Pink is nice-it really is-but it needs the other colors to shine, and so does Madison! What is she to do now?

This delightful first picture book by Kate Feiffer illustrates the age-old adage-be careful what you wish for, as it might come true. Complemented by Bruce Ingman's inspired artwork, Double Pink will charm enthusiasts of all colors of the rainbow.

Madison covers and surrounds herself with her favorite color, pink, until the day her mother has trouble finding her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Think pink" is the mantra of Madison, a girl who can't get enough of her favorite color. From a babbling baby ("Pink!" is her first word) to a youngster choosing her wardrobe and decorating her bedroom, Madison never considers alternate hues. But to this heroine, the color is more than a mere matter of taste; it embodies feelings, too ("But her pink walls and pink ceiling were lonely without a pink bedspread, pink sheets, and a pink pillow"). Readers will be hard-pressed to find a page on which the word or color pink does not appear-nearly ad nauseam. Ingram's (Boing!) illustrations in muted tones initially balance out this overabundance-a hot pink party dress tempered by a pale pink birthday cake, for instance. But once Madison makes her birthday wish "that everything in the world was pink," nearly all of the remaining pages themselves are fluorescent pink, indicating a passion that has turned to obsession. Images of Madison appear in lighter and lighter strokes, until the heroine is practically invisible-and, finally, very frustrated. Debut author Feiffer's ending feels somewhat contrived, but pink-obsessed girls will enjoy this tale, and the message will be familiar to parents whose children move from one interest du jour to the next. Ages 3-6. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When Madison was a baby, her parents could not wait for her to say her first word. Would it be "Momma? Dadda?" No, Madison's first word was "pink." And from that day on, Madison's favorite color was pink. She dressed all in pink, she had the walls and ceiling in her bedroom painted pink, she even gave away all her non-pink toys. At her birthday party everyone ate pink cake while wearing pink party hats and playing Pin the Pink on the Rainbow. All her gifts were wrapped in pink wrapping paper, and every single gift inside was, you guessed it, pink. Madison was perfectly happy in the perfectly pink world she had created for herself until one day when things got a little out of hand. Sitting in her pink bedroom covered from head to toe in pink, Madison disappeared. Madison's tale is illustrated using simple line drawings in which the color pink is featured prominently; first a touch of pink here and there on every page in soft pastel shades, changing to a deep shocking pink covering the entire page as her obsession grows. Feiffer's simple, easy to read text, and Ingman's playful illustrations, combine to make Madison's over the top tale of obsession one that is sure to appeal to pink lovers and non-pink lovers everywhere. 2005, Simon and Shuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 4 to 8.
—Pat Trattles
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-When Madison decides she likes something, she likes it a whole lot, and her favorite color is no exception. Pink walls, pink clothes, pink toys-too much is never enough. Eventually, her signature shade of pink is literally all over everything, and Madison is forced to acknowledge that she may have taken things too far. Feiffer's simple text reads easily, and Ingman's playful acrylic-and-ink paintings take a light approach to this look at childhood obsession. If nothing else, the artist's liberal application of a violent shade of shocking pink makes a powerful artistic statement about overkill. Lots of kids have a signature shade or motif; whether they're into fire trucks, fairy princesses, or purple dinosaurs, young readers are likely to identify with Madison, and a few might even be tickled-well, you know.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Madison is a little girl enthralled with the color pink; in fact, she's obsessed with all things pink. She wants pink clothes, pink food and an all-pink room. She gives away all her toys that aren't pink; she has an all-pink birthday party. Finally she puts on a hot pink wig and paints her face bright pink and in a surrealistic surge of fantasy, she disappears into her pinkness and can no longer be seen by her own mom. Madison's tears wash away her face paint and she comes back to reality, deciding that red might be a nice change instead. Ingman's acrylic-and-ink illustrations use a minimalist style, with outlined details in black and liberal doses of the brightest neon pink to create Madison's monochrome world. Little girls (especially those legions who love pink) will enjoy Madison's over-the-top exploration of this favorite shade. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689871900
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Feiffer is a writer, a filmmaker, and a mother. She is the author of the picture books No Go Sleep!; President Pennybaker; But I Wanted a Baby Brother!; The Wild, Wild Inside; Which Puppy?; My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life; and Double Pink; and of the middle-grade novels Signed by Zelda and The Problem with the Puddles. She lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Visit her at

Bruce Ingman has illustrated many books for children, including the award-winning When Martha’s Away, which he also wrote, and Boing! by Sean Taylor. Publishers Weekly described his illustrations for Boing! as “dynamic...with a reckless élan.” Bruce Ingman lives in London.

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