Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Bookanistas: Puzzled By Pink

Once upon a time, I was a girly girl. The girliest of girls. I wanted my ears pierced so badly I stopped sucking my thumb when I was 5. Sure, I had my Punky Brewster/Little Orphan Annie stage where I pretended to be a tom boy, but at the end of the day I loved make-up and curling irons and dresses and anything that sparkled.

When I found out I was pregnant with a little girl I couldn't wait to start buying pink. Finally I could start shopping for frilly little dresses and tiny mary jane shoes.

And then I gave birth to Mia. Instead of worshipping me and embracing the feminine mystique, she worshipped her older brother and tells everyone who will listen that she wishes she was a boy.

I tried reading Pinkalicious, Birdie's Big Girl Shoes, all kinds of adorable books only to have her request Just Like Daddy and Captain Underpants.

Enter PUZZLED BY PINK by Sarah Frances Hardy.

From Amazon:
Not every girl loves pink

Izzie hates pink as much as her sister, Rose, loves it. So when Rose plans an all-pink birthday party with the guests dressed in fairy costumes, Izzie decides to give her own alternative party in the attic, where the guests will be monsters, spiders, ghosts, and the pet cat. But some powerful magic triggers the appearance of yet another guest - an unexpected one. This will be a party nobody forgets!

LiLa's Take:
BUY THIS BOOK. I mean it, buy this book for any upcoming birthday parties you have, Christmas presents, baby gifts. BUY THIS BOOK. The illustrations are adorable, the story is divine and a funny thing happened, as I was reading it to my 4-year-old daughter, my 6-year-old son started inching closer and closer. By the time we got to the last page Jack and Mia were laughing and pointing at the final illustration. BUY THIS BOOK because not every little girl loves pink but most of them love a great book.


MOV said...

ha! this book sounds very intriguing. I have sons, so mercifully I have been spared the Pepto-Bismol pink that seems to coat anything produced for females in the USA from ages 0-7.

I will take a look at this book! I am loving how the main character on the front cover is wearing a black dress, is she ahead of her time?

just found your blog, and I will be back to read more.......


Loretta Nyhan said...

This looks adorable!

storyqueen said...

Sarah Frances Rocks! As does the cover of this book. Can't wait for a peek at the inside.



Katie Anderson said...

Woo hoo! LOVE this book AND its rockstar author. BUY THIS BOOK is right!!!

Hardygirl said...

Oh wow!! I'm completely speechless. Truly.
And thrilled to hear that your son joined in!!

Thanks y'all!!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I plan to buy it for my daughter's birthday, which is coming up in a couple of months. I think it's FREAKING AWESOME!!! :)

Elana Johnson said...

Great review! I'm so going to buy this book.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Sarah Frances' book is on my TBR list. :) It sounds super!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

I absolutely will be buying this book! I loved it the moment I first read Sarah Frances' manuscript - I knew she really had something unique, and then when I saw her artwork I was blown away! I'm so thrilled for her!

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