Marie-Louise Gay’s readers will be “enthralled” by Pistachio’s “big personality and imagination”—School Library Journal

March 24th, 2015

PrincessPistachio_InternetOn her birthday, Pistachio Shoelace gets an unsigned card that says “Happy birthday, my little princess” and a golden crown. She has suspected her whole life that she is actually a princess, so she weaves a tale that she believes is the story of her royal heritage. At dinner, donning her princess dress and crown, she informs her family that “From this day forth, you shall call me Princess Pistachio.” Unfortunately, her annoying little sister Penny wants to follow in her footsteps and decides she will be a princess, too. In this easy chapter book comprised of five short chapters, Pistachio realizes that her own family, friends, and teacher, and even the neighborhood boys don’t really acknowledge her new status and some make fun of her. Readers will be empathetic to her struggles, especially when she wishes her sister away, and then has to find her. Young readers transitioning to chapter books will be enthralled by Pistachio and her big personality and imagination. The pen-and-ink illustrations are tinted with bright water colors and will help readers visualize the girl’s antics. VERDICT A wonderful new offering from Gay to take her picture book readers to the next stage.

—Nancy Jo Lambert, McSpedden Elementary Frisco, TX

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