A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe series, by Noah Z. Jones, is a creative, wacky, modern take on traditional fairy tales. There's nothing pink or princess-y about the plots; in fact, the pink-hating girl is about as far from a traditional fairy tale princess as you can get. The vibrant illustrations and funny names are great for readers new to chapter books, and the pages are so full of color the series could almost be considered graphic novels. The books are light and fun, and they'll encourage emerging readers with new vocabulary.
What's the story?
In the PRINCESS PINK AND THE LAND OF FAKE-BELIEVE series, Princess is the youngest child in the Pink family, and the only girl among eight siblings. She's determined, knows what she wants, is certain that she hates the color pink, and would rather do karate than ballet. Independent and (mostly) fearless, she opens her refrigerator one night and discovers a portal to another world: The Land of Fake-Believe. The stories in this series are based on well-known fairy tales but have a sassy twist. In this world of Moldylocks and the Three Beards, the Three Little Pugs, Mother Moose, Little Red Quacking Hood, and more, Princess finds true friends, solves big problems, and turns traditional fairy tales on their heads.
Is it any good?
With eye-catching illustrations and fast-paced stories, this series has a lot to love. Readers might think they know where the stories in Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe are headed, but they're almost always wrong. The reimagined fairy tales take surprising turns, and the writing is both faithful to the original story (giving early readers the boost of confidence that comes with familiarity) and completely irreverent, all at the same time.
Names like "The Three Little Pugs" require readers to read what's on the page, not rely on what's in their memory from classic fairy tales. The conversation bubbles encourage readers to inject emotion into their voice, so this is a good series for kids who are learning to read aloud.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how accepting the family is in Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe series. What would it be like if Princess's parents insisted she wear pink and act like a fairy tale princess?
Why do you think Princess Pink and Moldylocks are such good friends? Who are your good friends? What do you do together?
What other books are like fairy tales, but a little bit different?
- Author: Noah Z. Jones
- Illustrator: Noah Z. Jones
- Genre: For Beginning Readers
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
- Publication date: April 29, 2014
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 7
- Number of pages: 80
- Available on: Paperback, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: September 1, 2017
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