Pinkalicious & Peterrific
By Lauri Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fictional sister and brother are bubbly, positive, grateful.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Many episodes encourage listeners to express themselves through coloring, dancing, or singing. Some episodes teach basic concepts, like colors or rhyming, through repetition, modeling, and catchy songs. Most episodes include a positive lesson about using creativity to manage difficult emotions or stay positive through challenges.
Most episodes encourage staying positive and feeling gratitude. Pinkalicious and Peter sing away sadness, use their imaginations to stave off boredom, and think about their favorite colors and activities to feel thankful. Narratives are simple, songs are upbeat, and episodes sometimes include fantastical characters like fairies. There is no focus on negative behaviors. Most described challenges are minor and relatable, like being sick for a birthday party or feeling disappointed it's raining outside.
Positive Role Models
Characters repeatedly and consistently model positivity, enthusiasm, and gratitude. Pinkalicious and Peter model a caring and happy sibling relationship, and offer positive strategies for improving bad moods, beating boredom, and winding down for sleep. In the final segment where author Victoria Kann answers listener questions, she encourages positive behaviors like being creative with whatever materials are available, or coping with sadness by allowing time to cry, then finding gratitude in nature or with loved ones.
Main characters reinforce some gender stereotypes: Pinkalicious is a girl character who loves pink and loves to dance, while her brother Peter likes green and purple and likes to play the drums. However, both model caring behavior, sing enthusiastically, and have bubbly positive attitudes. Listeners from Oakland, Jakarta, Jamaica, Vermont, and more call in to ask questions of author Victoria Kann in their own voices.
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Products & Purchases
At the beginning of most episodes, there is one ad for IKEA. Announcers or characters credit authors and creators of Pinkalicious & Peterrific books, TV show, and podcast by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, PBS Kids, and GBH Kids respectively. At the end of each episode, Pinkalicious plugs subscribing and signing up for a weekly email, and then there is an additional ad and a sound tag for PRX the Public Radio Exchange.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that free weekly episodes of Pinkalicious & Peterrific encourage gratitude, creativity, and bubbly positive behavior through modeling and songs. The fictional sister and brother Pinkalicious and Peter enthusiastically sing, interact, and speak to listeners, often celebrating female gender stereotypes like dancing, fairies, unicorns, cupcakes, and lots of pink. The podcast is based on the Pinkalicious book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, as well as the PBS kids TV show Pinkalicious & Peterrific. In the final three minutes author Victoria Kann usually answers listener questions, and in the beginnings and ends of episodes announcers give plugs for sponsoring companies, PBS, and GBH kids podcasts.
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What’s It About?
Every week within its seasons, the free podcast Pinkalicious & Peterrific offers upbeat background music, engaging sound effects, and the enthusiastic voices of the fictional sister-brother duo made famous by Pinkalicious book and the Pinkalicious & Peterrific TV show from PBS Kids. The characters talk about positive messages and break into song a few times in each episode, with barely any negative content and lots of talk about happy pink thoughts. For the last few minutes of most episodes, and throughout some listener question episodes, children from around the world ask questions of fictional Pinkalicious or real author of the Pinkalicious books Victoria Kann. Pinkalicious and other announcers mention sponsors and production credits at the beginning and end of each episode.
Is It Any Good?
If your kid listener is crazy about fairies, cupcakes, singing, and pink everything all the time, this may be the podcast for you. Pinkalicious & Peterrific has energy and enthusiasm to spare. It's full of upbeat songs, bubbly brother-sister dialogue, and constant encouragement to be creative and sing your way to gratitude, happiness, and joy. The podcast occasionally touches on and models how kids can deal with minor setbacks, like sickness, boredom, or rainy days, but it usually keeps things so bubbly and bright that it misses opportunities to normalize and help kids learn how to cope with more complex emotions or situations. It is refreshing to hear kids' voices from around the world asking questions of author Victoria Kann at the ends of episodes, but the bulk of the listening is one-dimensional and, in a word, "pink-a-tastic."
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Pinkalicious and Peterrific used their imaginations in this episode of Pinkalicious & Peterrific. Do you have some creative ideas after listening to them today?
Did Pinkalicious and Peter express gratitude in this episode? What kinds of things were they grateful for and joyful about?
How were Pinkalicious and Peterrific kind and helpful to one another today? How are you kind and helpful with your siblings, family members, or friends?
If you were going to make a podcast to help people feel grateful and cheerful, what would you include? What would you say to help listeners feel joyful and thankful?
- Release date: October 27, 2020
- Genre: Entertainment
- Average Run Time: 15 minutes
- Website: https://pbskids.org/pinkalicious/podcast
- Host: N/A
- Publishers: PBS Kids, GBH Kids
- Pricing structure: Free
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Book Characters, Brothers and Sisters, Music and Sing-Along
- Character Strengths: Gratitude
- Last updated: March 27, 2023
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