Sunday, January 31, 2016

RA RA Read: Pink and Fancy Picture Books

Glittery, frilly, pink and princessey books are hugely popular with children and parents alike. I personally favor a little "anti-princess" in my pink book recommendations, so you'll see that reflected in some fractured fairy tales and "you can be fancy and still have fun" books.

Series and authors
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor
    • I really like Fancy Nancy because it combines lots of glitz with a down-to-earth family and everyday events and concerns for a child. There's also lots of fun vocabulary!
    • ISBN: 9780060542092
    • Multiple picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and 8x8 tie-ins are available.
  • Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann
    • I have to admit that I, personally, detest these books and some parents agree. The art is flat and lifeless and the stories are poorly written and overly preachy. However, that's definitely a minority opinion - these are extremely popular with most people.
    • ISBN: 9780060776398
    • Additional picture books and easy readers are available
  • Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews
    • These stories are similar to Fancy Nancy but with more emphasis on the pink and pretty-pretty than general fanciness. Most of them deal with some event at school or a friendship.
    • ISBN: 9780316040501
    • Sequels, easy readers, and some additional paperback 8x8s are available.
  • Jellybeans and the big dance by Laura Numeroff
    • These are everyday school stories, but there is a lot of glitter, some dancing, and Munsinger's illustrations of plump and fuzzy animals.
    • ISBN: 9780810993525
    • There are several sequels as well as a few board books, although I don't think they make good board book editions.
  • Sarah Gibb's fairy tales
    • While some reviewers find her retellings to be a little flat and blah, it doesn't really matter because her pictures are gorgeous and most small children can't sit still for a long fairy tale anyways.
    • ISBN: 9780807568040 (Rapunzel)
    • ISBN: 9780807506004 (Beauty and the Beast)
    • ISBN: 9780807566305 (The Princess Who Had No Kingdom)
    • ISBN: 9780007526291 (Sleeping Beauty)
Fancy Clothes
  • I had a favorite dress by Boni Ashburn
    • Delicate watercolors by Julia Denos.
    • ISBN: 9781419700163
    • Also a companion, I had a favorite hat
  • Princess Bess gets dressed by Margery Cuyler
    • Features extremely frilly underwear
    • ISBN: 9781416938330
  • Princess Gown by Linda Strauss
    • From the perspective of the family of tailors making the princess' fancy ballgown. The youngest daughter makes a mistake and then tries to fix it.
    • ISBN: 9780618862597 (out of print)
You can be fancy and still have fun (anti-princess books)
  • Princess and the pig by Jonathan Emmett
    • Older kids love this wacky fairy tale about a princess and a pig who change places
    • ISBN: 9780802723345
  • Olivia and the fairy princesses by Ian Falconer
    • Olivia doesn't get why all the other girls want to play is princesses.
    • ISBN: 9781442450271
  • April and Esme, Tooth Fairies by Bob Graham
    • Adorable little tooth fairies on their first mission.
    • ISBN: 9780763646837
  • Pink by Nan Gregory
    • A little girl dreams of having the fancy pink things her friends have, but her family can't afford it.
    • ISBN: 9780888997814 (out of print)
  • Paper princess by Elisa Kleven
    • Delicate, beautiful illustrations and a strong story.
    • ISBN: 9780525452317 (out of print)
  • Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis
    • You can be a princess and a superhero!
    • ISBN: 9780061827259
  • Tea for Ruby by Sarah York
    • Robin Preiss Glasser, who does the illustrations for Fancy Nancy, illustrated this. A little girl tries to remember her manners when she has tea with the queen (aka grandma).
    • ISBN: 9781416954194
Other Titles
  • Princess says goodnight by Naomi Howland
    • ISBN: 9780061455254
  • Penny loves pink by Cori Doerrfeld
    • ISBN: 9780316054584
  • Dollhouse fairy by Jane Ray
    • ISBN: 9780763644116
  • Come to the fairies' ball by Jane Yolen
    • ISBN: 9781590784648

1 comment:

Annette Bay Pimentel said...

And just out yesterday--Pink is for Blobfish, for a different view of the wonders of pink.