So last night I turned to a book from a series (Scholastic's Branches) that promises to build "reading confidence and stamina," both of which I feel I need right about now.
Moldylocks and the Three Beards, written and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones (Scholastic, published in paperback in Jan 2014, and in a hardcover library edition April 29) is the first book in a series--"Princess Pink and the Land of Fake-Believe." My eyes rolled when I read the words "Princess Pink," but not so much so that I was unable to look at the cover more closely. And lo, Princess Pink seemed pretty cool.
So I tried it last night, and rather enjoyed it, and can happily recommend it. If you are a young reader who enjoys the absurd. and who is looking for something fun and easy, this is what you get here.
Princess Pink is not a princess; after seven boys, her mother wanted a one, and so that's what she was named. She hates pink. She turned her pink fairy dress into a cowboy caveman outfit. (Perhaps her hatred of pink, and her taste in dirty sneakers and bugs is a tad polarizing--does the cheesy pizza she enjoys really have to look so gross? And one can enjoy the outdoors without one's shoes stinking. But this is not a book that aims for subtly, so I shall let it pass).
And in any event, Princess Pink opens her fridge one night, and falls (literally) into a the Land of Fake-Believe, where she visits the home of three beards (not nice) in the company of a girl named Moldylocks. The whole beard premise was rather effective, and I enjoyed it.
Recommended for those who don't mind negative portrayals of pink princess stuff.
Not particularly recommended for those who don't like whimsical stories whose primary point is to make learning to read entertaining. Also not recommended for those who loath spiders. There are too many spiders for those readers to take.
Not really recommended to their adults for their own reading pleasure, although it was kind of exactly right for my tired brain last night...........and I might well find myself picking up Little Red Quaking Hood when it comes out in August.
Note: Princess Pink's family looks to be African-American--pretty darn rare in easy-reader fantasy books! (quick--name another girl character of color in an easy reader fantasy book.............those dots are me not being able to).
Disclaimer: review copy received from the publisher