Friday, April 18, 2014

Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover

 With all the tutu-flouncing wannabe princesses flitting through homes and birthday parties, one wonders if daughters everywhere really did get eaten by Cinderella. Aside from instigating an overdue intervention to stem the "pinkpocalypse," there is an another option out there for beleaguered parents. Enter books like Princess Sparkle-Heart Gets a Makeover.

The eponymous, stuffed, lavender-haired doll does EVERYTHING with her girl, Amelia. Unfortunately, Amelia's dog does not view this friendship with favor. The growling canine stalks after Princess Sparkle-Heart as she attends tea parties, royal weddings, and bubble bath extravaganzas. It's not the dog's fault clumps of stuffing are discovered scattered all over the house (and in between his teeth). After the crying and wailing die down, Mom and Amelia set out to engineer the best makeover ever.

Josh Schneider's Orphan Annie-ish illustrations and timely story transform what could have been "just another princess book" into something every little girl allergic to tulle will treasure for a long, long time.


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