Pink books are quite popular in the library. Sad, but true. Often, kids will check out picture books merely because they are pink and/or sparkly. So, I pay attention to pink books these days. Because if kids are going to check out pink books, I want them to be the best pink books out there. I want them to be more than an engaging cover.
I believe FANCY NANCY started this trend and no wonder. FANCY NANCY is a great book and fans of the book are always looking for something like it that they can fall in love with. I want kids to take them home and discover a great story just as they are hoping to.
So, I was thrilled to read THE QUEEN OF FRANCE by Tim Wadham. It is pink and fancy--a crown and a little girl dressed up as royalty on the front. And the endpapers are pink:-)
This is the story of Rose who woke up one day feeling "royal". Rose has quite a few boxes of dress up clothes and accessories in her room and she uses them well. She becomes the Queen of France. She then goes off (as the Queen of France) looking for Rose. She asks Rose's mother and she asks Rose's father (the Royal Physician). But, she still can't find Rose.
The Queen of France then takes off all of the dress up clothes and becomes Rose again. And, Rose goes off, looking for....The Queen of France. Of course, she can't find her. This is an adorable story about a clever little girl and a playful mother and father who have as much fun as Rose seems to.
The illustrations are perfect. They have a bit of a royal feel and a bit of a little girl feel--all mixed up. And there is plenty of pink on every page.
This is a great pink book--an enticing cover with great story and a great character inside.