PRINCESS POSEY AND THE FIRST GRADE PARADE
Published by: Puffin; Reprint edition (May 27, 2010)
Available in: paperback, hardcover, audible audio, Kindle, NOOK
At the time of this review there were seven books in the Princess Posey series.
Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade is a delightful, easy romp of a read. Girls ready for early chapter books will feel totally comfortable within the pages, a consistent field of easy words, ample white space, bold graphics and short chapters.
Although not complex, the plot is a harvest of feelings and problems that first grade children know so well. Topics touch on concern about the first day of school, sibling rivalry and the frustration of not always being in control of what to wear (an especially touchy subject for certain children). There are also examples of feeling shy, which morph nicely into brave moments. There’s even that awful but predictable scenario played out in so many childhoods: neighbor kids delight in making a frightening situation exaggerated into something even worse than imagined.
In the end, a delightful collaboration provides the solution to the problem. It’s a nice wrap on a short tale that covers a lot of familiar ground.
The illustrations add a soft, warm glow with just enough quirky edge to be unique and interesting. I love how artist Sisson portrays a freedom in the shading that make it appear as if the art is loose and alive, even if colored within the lines.
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