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Puzzled by Pink

Puzzled by Pink

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by Sarah Frances Hardy
     
 

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Not every girl loves pink

Izzie hates pink as much as her sister, Rose, loves it. So when Rose plans an all-pink birthday party with the guests dressed in fairy costumes, Izzie decides to give her own alternative party in the attic, where the guests will be monsters, spiders, ghosts, and the pet cat. But some powerful magic triggers the appearance of yet another

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Not every girl loves pink

Izzie hates pink as much as her sister, Rose, loves it. So when Rose plans an all-pink birthday party with the guests dressed in fairy costumes, Izzie decides to give her own alternative party in the attic, where the guests will be monsters, spiders, ghosts, and the pet cat. But some powerful magic triggers the appearance of yet another guest - an unexpected one. This will be a party nobody forgets!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
Izzy is the polar opposite of her sister, Rose. While Rose loves all things pink, fluffy, and sparkly, Izzy adores things that are dark, creepy-crawly, and spooky. Rose is more like the Tooth Fairy and Izzy would fit right in as a member of the Adams Family. Never have their differences been juxtaposed more than when Rose throws a fairy princess birthday party and insists that all guests wear fairy wings. This just will not do for Izzy, who promptly decides to throw a party of her own sans anything remotely pink or frilly. Things are going swimmingly until Rose shows up with some pink cupcakes, and performs some "magic" with her fairy wand. Things get out of hand quickly when Izzy's cat is turned into a dragon. Will the two girls learn to appreciate each other's styles and work together to escape the dragon, or will they let their differences get the best of them? The book has large colorful illustrations that accompany the text, which would be helpful for younger readers. The frequent pictures also help better illustrate the text for read-alouds.
School Library Journal
Gr 1–2—Everyone at Rose's fairy-themed birthday party will be wearing pink wings, including the one boy who was invited. Magic wands are to be used in the games and pink cupcakes will be served. Rose wants her sister to come, but Izzy, who dresses all in black, decides she'd have more fun up in the attic surrounded by non-pink things like spiders and her invisible friend, V. Rose and Izzy are opposites when it comes to what they like and dislike but they each have a strong sense of self. The sisters' individual gatherings combine into one big party after they inadvertently make a dragon appear, and it's here that readers will see the girls celebrating and accepting their differences. The watercolor artwork captures the contrast between the siblings well and adds humorous touches not found in the text.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Lacking in focus and a sense of purpose, Hardy's initially promising story of a sisterly squabble ultimately disappoints. It's Rose's birthday, and she is hosting a fairy and princess party in which all guests must don pink wings and a tutu. Her somber sister Izzy refuses and decides to set up a spooky tea party of her own in the attic. She decorates with dead roses and spiders, invites her imaginary friend V and delights in the absolute un-pinkness of it all. Then Rose drops by to deliver some pink cupcakes, which Izzy rejects, and accidentally sits on V. The sisters get into a skirmish--Rose proclaiming that Izzy's party is not a real tea party and Izzy insisting that Rose is not a real fairy. During a tussle over Rose's magic wand, Izzy's cat is turned into a pink dragon. Inexplicably, the sisters join forces at this point and decide to go down to Rose's party after all, and it looks like the pink dragon will be joining them. The appealing illustrations, which successfully dramatize the sisters' strikingly different tastes and personalities, may draw some readers to the story. Unfortunately, the plot will only leave them wondering at the point of it all. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670013203
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/12/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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Meet the Author

Sarah Frances Hardy (www.sfhardy.com) lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with her husband and three daughters. This is her first book.

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