A couple of weeks ago we visited another independent book store. I have said that I always purchase something every time I go to one and this time was no different. I let my three-year-old pick out something and she chose “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink.” Now, I am unfamiliar with the Pinkalicious book series. I know that there are several because I have seen them around, but I always thought they were a bit gimmicky for a book (I tend to be a bit judgmental about books). However, it was what my daughter wanted and the price was right, so there you go. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Here is my review…
The book that we bought was a soft cover, but I know that I have seen the other books in hard cover. The illustrations are some kind of mixed media because some of the objects are very cartoony and others are sharp and crisp. The book is a first-person narrative by a little girl named, Pinkalicious. It begins on a hot summer day where she is blowing bubbles in the shade. The bubbles remind her of gumballs and now she has to have a gumball. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have enough money in her piggy bank to buy them, so she decides to have a lemonade stand. Of course, she doesn’t want her mom’s help (like a lot of kids that I know) and says she can do it herself. Her mom gets distracted and Pinkalicious decides to make the lemonade pink, of course. She has her own way of making it pink that turns out tasting funny. She learns the correct way to make it from her mom, and her and her brother sell the entire pitcher. At the end, she is back in the shade blowing bubbles with her gumballs and dreaming about making pink cupcakes.
So this book is obviously not going to knock you off your feet, however, I thought it was decent and it piqued my interest in the other books in the series. My daughter also really likes it and wants me to read it to her almost every night (which is a good test for a book). I personally don’t love all of the pink, but my daughter does. The storyline is also easy for kids to follow and relate to.
Here is what made this book more special in my mind…I have two kids, a girl and a boy. I really like when books feature siblings that are nice to each other. It may sound simple, but it isn’t as common and I would like it to be. In “Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink,” Pinkalicious’ brother stirs the lemonade and spills it. Yes, Pinkalicious said she was mad, but she got over it and they ended up together selling the lemonade. At the very end, she shares her gumballs with him and they sit and blow bubbles together.
- Here is the website for the Pinkalicious series. It is a great resource for parents, kids, and teachers.
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