A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
No academic content, but strong messages about the value of adventure and helping each other solve problems. Vibrant illustrations and fun text are a great match for this age group.
Be true to yourself, support your friends, and persist when things get hard.
Positive Role Models
Princess Pink's parents support the non-princess she is, and friendships are highly valued both in the real world and the Land of Fake-Believe.
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.
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.
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