The Seven Princesses
Author: Smiljana Čoh
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Review copy: Final copy from publisher
Availability: May 24, 2016
Goodreads Summary: Once upon a time, there were seven princess sisters who did everything together, from horseback riding to jumping in royal leaf piles to throwing legendary piñata parties. But one day, they had the biggest fight in the entire history of princess fighting. There was no worse sound than the sound of this fight. Will the sisters ever find a way to fill their kingdom with sounds of laughter and playing again?
Princesses of all sizes will royally delight in this modern-day fairy tale of sibling rivalry, adventure, and unconditional sisterly love.
My thoughts: Princess books are in high demand in my library, but I don't read all of them. Many seem to just sparkle and spread the color pink through the world and seem very much like all of the others. The Seven Princesses is a breath of fresh air. There is pink, but it's not all about pink. There is sweetness and light, but there is also a bit of gray and sadness. These seven princesses are unique and have distinct interests. One even enjoys math and building.
The illustrations have an old-fashioned feeling and are very fun. The characters are comic types, but the backgrounds are not. I like that little contrast. The front cover has pastels, but there are a wide variety of colors in many of the layouts. Overall, it's a bright and cheerful book except for during the time of conflict.
The conflict centers around how the siblings are bothering each other. Any reader with a sibling can relate to that type of situation. Those readers who without siblings can still relate to conflict happening between the people you are with every single day.
Recommendation: This will be a wonderful book to hand those readers who gobble up princess books. Adults reading with younger readers will likely enjoy this princessy book that doesn't follow the typical formula they may have experienced one too many times. It's imaginative and quirky. I'll enjoy sharing it with my students.
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