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Sporting tutus, butterfly wings, cowboy boots or soccer jerseys, each of these twelve little girls is ready to have a day of fun together-a Princess Palooza! And what could be better than a day at Princess Park-a wonderful playground with a castle, moat and carriage. It's the perfect place for the girls to let their imaginations run wild as they run, jump and dance.

Joy Allen's cheerful verse and vibrant art celebrates the joy of active play ...
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Overview

Sporting tutus, butterfly wings, cowboy boots or soccer jerseys, each of these twelve little girls is ready to have a day of fun together-a Princess Palooza! And what could be better than a day at Princess Park-a wonderful playground with a castle, moat and carriage. It's the perfect place for the girls to let their imaginations run wild as they run, jump and dance.

Joy Allen's cheerful verse and vibrant art celebrates the joy of active play and the princess inside every little girl, and the enclosed paper crown will delight princesses everywhere.


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Jumping on the current princess craze for young girls this entry misses the mark. The premise is that princesses come in all shapes and sizes and interests. There are six little girls all dressed thematically (to match their personalities one supposes) who go out to celebrate Princess Palooza Day. They play in a castle in the park, where they are joined by six more little princesses, and play until dark. Ballerina princess has been to France, cowgirl princess likes double-Dutch and some princesses swing so high they almost touch the sky where dragons rule. At day's end they return home to rest until the next day when princess imaginations will once again run wild. Not much happens here but little girls may like to look at all the pretty costumes of tutu and frills and lace and glitter. One positive note is that Soccer Princess and Gymnastic Princess are in appropriate gear for their sports— a nice touch. Digitally enhanced watercolor and pencil drawings of parading and playful little girls will no doubt appeal to little girls and if you look beyond the lack of storyline it is acceptable. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Allen continues her princess-themed stories, and this time the girls take over the Princess Park where they jump rope, fancy dance, climb trees, swing, run, frolic, and overall have a fabulous time. A few wear jeans and baseball outfits, but there are enough imaginative dresses with fun colors and patterns paired with hats and wands to keep everyone happy. Clearly, being a girl has never been so much fun. Despite a few slightly awkward rhyming schemes, the text is light and playful. Digitally enhanced watercolor and pencil illustrations convey the joy of the Princess Palooza Party and the diversity of the youngsters. The final page states, "For Princesses are girls with great imagination," which is an excellent sentiment for all girls. Pair this title with Robert Munsch's The Paper Bag Princess or Kate Lum's Princesses Are Not Quitters! (Bloomsbury, 2003) for a perfect princess storytime.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews

A scant, slapdash tale of princess play told in lumbering rhyme.

In verse that doesn't exactly fall trippingly from the tongue, Allen describes six princesses traveling to Princess Park for a Princess Palooza Party. When they arrive at the park, the girls spot six more princesses who are on their way to join them. Ballerina Princess teaches the girls a dance, Cowgirl Princess leads a game of double Dutch and the princesses swing and cavort until the sun starts to set. "Now it's getting dark, time to gather wands and tassels / And march on home to their own Princess castles." And what are they going to do tomorrow? Why, the same thing, of course! The watercolor illustrations are a bit more engaging and entertaining than the story. They depict a diverse array of princesses, and though the majority of them sport frilly dresses and heels, there is one decked out in a baseball outfit with a crown emblazoned on her cap.

Not even the glitter on the cover or the hot-pink cut-out Princess Palooza crown inside can save this one.(Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101643334
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/9/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

Joy Allen won her first art contest in second grade, and has gone on to illustrate over thirty books for children, including Princess Party, the Cam Jansen series and the bestselling Baby Signs, an Oprah Kids Reading List Pick. She lives in Cameron Park, California.
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