PreS-Gr 1 Pookins, used to getting her own way through yelling, throwing apples, and making faces, meets a gnome who grants her three wishes. But her wish to become a flower backfires when she finds it to be a dreary existence, so Pookins trades her bad habits for freedom. The story borders on being too cute, starting with the name ``Pookins,'' and the plot is not original. The cartoon-like pictures also suffer from cuteness, with fat little people and lots of pinks and yellows. But humor manages to redeem the book. Preschoolers will enjoy Pookins' naughtiness, including whizzing through the living room on roller skates, and her humorous facial expressions as she realizes her wish is a mistake. Although not as funny as Lester's The Wizard, the Fairy and the Magic Chicken (Houghton, 1983), this will serve well as additional storytime material. Kathleen Odean, formerly at San Rafael Public Library, Calif.
From the Publisher
"It's extremely satisfying to see this rotten kid get her comeuppance. Munsinger's pictures are full of mischief." Publishers Weekly
Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.
Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat. She divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.