Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Sneaking cupcakes has disastrous results in fun tale.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Shows a variety of green fruits and vegetables as healthy food choices. Shows what a a doctor's examination looks like.

Positive Messages

It's implied that green fruits and vegetables are good for you and can add balance to a diet that includes too many cupcakes. There are consequences when you disobey your parent and ignore the advice of your doctor, as well as consequences when you eat too many sugary things. Don't be greedy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The parents of Pinkalicious are kind but firm. Her doctor is female, which offers a positive role model for girls.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pinkalicious is the first book in a popular picture book series about a little girl who not only dresses up like a fairy princess -- often in different colors in other books -- but also has some magical things happen to her. In this book, she greedily and disobediently eats too many pink cupcakes and the next day wakes up completely pink! It's a funny cautionary tale about consequences.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byPBSFanFromChile March 21, 2018

Very interesting and educational as a alternative to Disney princesses and Barbie dolls.

Very good book series. Inspired the recent 'GBH series airin' on most PBS stations. Of course, Scholastic will be permanent partner with PBS — since t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byJellyfishDreamy December 21, 2020

The best series ever!

My favourite series ever. The pictures are so beautiful and there is a lot of pink in this book, and I love pink. My favourite book is Pinkalicous: Fishtastic,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybluebells.daisy January 16, 2021
for me its really boring and childish. but my little sister really loves it. i say its 3-9 age

What's the story?

A little girl greedily -- and against Mom's orders -- eats too many pink cupcakes (which she says are PINKALICIOUS) and the next day wakes up with a totally pink face and body and totally pink hair and clothes. Her mom takes her to the doctor, who declares she has "an acute case of Pinkitis" and says she'll have to eat a steady diet of green food to return to normal. That night, after everyone's asleep, she sneaks into the kitchen and finds the pink cupcakes her mom hid and eats one. The next morning she discovers she's turned all red! To counteract the effect, she eats every green thing she can find in the fridge -- pickles, peas, spinach, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, and more, and transforms back to her original skin color. That's when her dad calls he Pinkalicious for the first time. In a final twist, her brother eats a pink cupcake, turns pink, and shouts, "Pink-a-boo!"

Is it any good?

This lighthearted romp is an entertaining story about consequences -- disobey your mom and ignore doctor's orders and bad things will happen. There's also an implied message that green fruits and vegetables are better for you than sugary baked goods. But kids mainly will enjoy the exuberant energy of Pinkalicious and the funny, magical transformations.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pink. Why do many girls tend to like it so much?

  • What's fun about seeing kids change into something out of the ordinary. Can you think of any other books or movies where that's happened to the main character?

  • What's fun about seeing Pinkalicious get in trouble and then figure out how to fix the problem?

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