Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Friday, December 7, 2012

Review: Olivia and the Fairy Princesses

For the holidays, I'll be reviewing a book or series a day from December 1st through 24th.

Today's book is Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer, one of our holiday picks for picture books.

Everyone wants to be a princess!  Everyone except Olivia, that is.  She has bigger dreams for her life.  Like modern dance.  Or corporate acquisitions.  But everyone wants her to sparkle and be pink.  It's very frustrating.

Olivia has definitely become a classic character and kids today recognize her more than ever with her popular TV show.  This latest installment in her picture book series is fun and sassy with Olivia rebelling against expectations.  This isn't about rejecting girly stereotypes, though.  The book goes out of its way to point out the boys in her class who want to be princesses and the princesses who don't dress in frilly tutus.  This is about being yourself and not conforming.  Amid the message, there are a few truly laugh-out-loud moments and Falconer's gorgeously detailed illustrations.

This book is recommended for kids who are finding themselves, fans of picture books with humor and those collecting the modern classics.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I read a copy off our shelves.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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