Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Release Spotlight: Purplicious

Purplicious by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann

Purplicious is a charming picture book featuring a girl named Pinkalicious. Victoria and Elizabeth Kann introduced kids to the character of Pinkalicious and her love of the color pink in 2006’s Pinkalicious. In this second book, Purplicious, Pinkalicious’s love of the color pink is tested. The girls at school have decided that the color pink is only for babies and that the color black is simply divine. Pinkalicious is teased for her love of pink, which is now considered passé, and as the weeks progress, she starts to question whether her love of the color does indeed make her a “baby.” Just when Pinkalicious is about to give up her favorite color, she meets a new friend at school who also loves pink, and who shows Pinkalicious that liking the color pink, and being different, is a great thing indeed.

Purplicious is a fun, humorous story that teaches children that being different is not a bad thing, and in fact, it is important to always be yourself. Variety is the spice of life, and kids learn that if all children loved the same color, the same activities, the same foods, (and so on), that life would be boring and bland without question.

The pictures in this book are wonderful and tell just as much of the story as the words do. The pages have a slight collage-like feel to them, with a variety of textures used to create the images. The bright colors and glitter on the cover will appeal to the main audience—girls ages four to eight—and the depth and detail of the illustrations will keep them interested and intrigued through numerous readings of the book. Make sure that when you are reading this book to your child or to your students, that they pay attention to such details as the color of Pinkalicous’s dress—which changes depending on her mood in the story. Overall, the book has fun, creative illustrations that are appealing to the eye and add life to the story.

Review by Katrina Hill, Indigo Editing, LLC

ISBN: 0061244058
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: October 2007
Hardcover, $16.99

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