Priscilla and the Pink Planet

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Priscilla lives on a planet where everything is pink. ''Pink, pink, pink!'' she cries with fright. ''Pink to the left and pink to the right!'' Priscilla dreams of seeing the world in other colors and ends up teaching the Great Queen of Pink that diversity leads to true beauty. Told in lyrical verse, here is a clever read-aloud that's sure to become a modern classic.

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Priscilla lives on a planet where everything is pink. ''Pink, pink, pink!'' she cries with fright. ''Pink to the left and pink to the right!'' Priscilla dreams of seeing the world in other colors and ends up teaching the Great Queen of Pink that diversity leads to true beauty. Told in lyrical verse, here is a clever read-aloud that's sure to become a modern classic.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Priscilla does not need to look at the world through rose-colored glasses-everything on her planet, from the porridge to the swamps, is pink. "Please give me a signal. Just show me a sign," cries a despondent heroine. "Is there some other color in this pink world of mine?" An aberrant variegated butterfly appears and leads the girl to the Great Queen of Pink, a regent who would be at home in Alice's Wonderland. The queen captures the butterfly, deeming it a "positively obscene" fugitive from her master plan, and explains that she has made the world pink because all other colors are "simply pass ." But with a lot of pluck and a repertoire of cutey-pie expressions, Priscilla prods the Queen into realizing, "What would one color be/ without all of the others for the whole world to see?" The Hobbies, a brother-and-sister team (and the offspring of Holly Hobbie), make their children's literature debut with mixed results. Nathaniel's couplets unspool with a pleasing snap and roll, but as a collection of stanzas, the text feels flabby and overworked, as if the author were hesitant to stop rhyming and move the story forward. Jocelyn Hobbie's exuberant ink-and-watercolor pictures, on the other hand, combine a giddy abundance of detail with a stylish editorial sensibility. She seems to be channeling a bit of Dr. Seuss touched with Hilary Knight-youngsters will want to keep an eye on her. Ages 3-6. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Priscilla lives on a pink planet. Everything is pink! There are pink apples, rivers, fish, and even pink grass. But Priscilla is tired of everything pink. She sets off to find a different color. At first, everything is still pink. Then, a butterfly with colors appears. Priscilla follows the butterfly until it is netted by the Great Queen of Pink. The Great Queen wants to send the colorful butterfly back underground where all the other colors are kept safe and sound. Priscilla tries to convince the Queen to release the colors. Eventually, the Queen releases the colors and Priscilla gets her wish. The story is a great metaphor for the importance of diversity in our world. Classroom teachers at all levels could use this as a springboard for lessons on the importance of diversity. Plus, Priscilla is a wonderful, feisty, independent female character, and readers can't help but fall in love with her spirit. 2004, Little Brown and Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Mindy Hardwick
Kirkus Reviews
In this rhyming story, a first effort by a brother-and-sister team, Priscilla is a spunky little girl who lives on a monochromatic planet awash in the color pink. When she sets off to find out if there are any other colors anywhere in her world (don't ask how she would know about other colors), she meets a multicolored butterfly and the Great Queen of Pink, a Queen of Hearts sort of character who is in charge of the entire pink world. Priscilla tactfully convinces the queen that pink will stand out against all the other colors, and a rainbow of shades is restored to the planet. The rhyming text and cartoon-style illustrations exhibit echoes of Dr. Seuss, and one illustration offers a symbolic tip of the hat to that famous cat with swirling pink, a friendly fish in a bowl, and a tumbling cup and saucer. Though the sing-song rhythm of the text occasionally wobbles, Priscilla has her own individualistic charm and the Great Queen of Pink is a force to be reckoned with. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316113496
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Priscilla Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 823,963
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jocelyn and Nathaniel Hobbie are the daughter and son of our bestselling author/artist, Holly Hobbie. Jocelyn holds a B.F.A. from RISD and works for a contemporary art dealer in New York, NY. Nathaniel Hobbie is also a fine artist who works with metal and wood. He lives in Holyoke, MA. This is their first picture book, and they are currently working a Priscilla sequel, scheduled for fall 2005.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite ¿Priscilla and the

    Reviewed by Kristie I. for Readers Favorite

    “Priscilla and the Pink Planet,” written by Nathaniel Hobbie and illustrated by Jocelyn Hobbie, is shared in an audio version that young girls will enjoy listening to. Priscilla lives on a planet that is filled with pink. Everything is some shade of the color pink. Priscilla would like to see other colors and she approaches the Great Queen of Pink, but the Queen has hidden all of the other colors. Priscilla thinks of a plan and hopes to trick the Queen into sharing the other colors, so she tells the Queen that she agrees that pink is the best color, but she must see other colors to determine that. The Queen likes Priscilla’s idea and she releases the other colors; Priscilla now sees a brand-new world as the sky is blue and the trees are green. Priscilla is thrilled to see so many colors and hues.

    Reading like a Dr. Seuss book, this book is fun and catchy and my daughter was instantly repeating some of the lines! The words are rhyming and the imagery is vivid and fun throughout the story. Priscilla is a fun character to spend time with and she loves pink, but would like to see some other colors. After the Great Queen does release the other colors, Priscilla is thrilled to see the other colors and enjoys them all. This would be a great book to share with children who have a favorite color and /or are hesitant for new experiences as this teaches that diversity is good and can be enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2005

    perfectly pink

    I am a mother to a 5 year old girl(who loves pink)and this book is constantly being read in our house. The illistrations are wonderful and the story line is fabulous! This book is enjoyable for adults and children alike. It teaches and entertains. I cant wait until my 3 month old daughter is old enough to have it read to her. Our family is eagerly waiting for a second book from this very talented brother-sister team

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    INSTANT CLASSIC IN SHADES OF PINK

    A brilliant debut for the younger Hobbies! The verse trots along with taut musicality and whimsical intrigue, taking delightful and imaginative twists & turns that lead to an insightful resolution-- a wonder for all young readers! Masterful and charming illustrations adorn and complement the text with sparkle, life and verve, making Priscilla a spunky little heroine for the ages. The varied hues and range of pinks are a marvel to behold as Priscilla follows her instincts and treks to find a multi-colored world. 'Priscilla and the Pink Planet' promises to be an instant classic and should be a well-thumbed favorite on every little girl's bookshelf . One can't help but wonder what other adventures the Hobbie siblings have up their sleeves for spritely Priscilla. Bravo!

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