Princess Pistachio and the Pest

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Princess Pistachio and the Pest

By Marie-Louise Gay
Early Reader Ages 5–8
ISBN: 978-1-927485-73-6
List Price: $12.95 CAD / $10.95 USD
Translated by Jacob Homel

HC with laminated case
Trim Size: 13.97 x 20.96 cm / 5.5 x 8.25 in
Pages: 48

Canadian Publication Date: March 10, 2015
U.S. Publication Date: September 4, 2015

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Princess Pistachio is back, facing witches, wardens, watermelon thefts, and—worst of all—her little sister.

It’s the first day of the summer holidays and Pistachio Shoelace has big plans. Plans that involve a compass, a cave, and a buried treasure. Plans that do not involve a troublemaking little sister wearing bunny ears and a Superman cape.

Forced to take baby Penny to the park, Pistachio prepares for a dull day. But between fruit thefts, a witch’s garden, and an angry park warden with a rulebook, a day with Penny is anything but boring.

Marie-Louise Gay’s engaging Princess Pistachio returns in her second book for early readers. Winningly translated from French by Gay’s son Jacob Homel and illustrated throughout with Gay’s distinctive, brightly-coloured art, Princess Pistachio and the Pest will charm young princesses and Super-Bunnies everywhere.

2015 Best Books for Kids and Teens Starred Selection

★ “In four breathless, fast-paced chapters, Gay once again weaves a frantically funny tale with deliciously named characters, while subtly recognizing some underlying concerns regarding sibling responsibility and difficulties with adult-child communication. Descriptive and age-appropriate language flows naturally and is in perfect tandem with the brightly hued illustrations that depict redheaded, freckle-faced Pistachio’s every changing emotion. Young readers will cheer for her. Long live Princess Pistachio.”Kirkus ★ Starred Review

“This entertaining transitional reader is perfectly suited for children ready to try chapter books. Translated from French, the text is rollicking and descriptive, offering strong vocabulary words such as careens, ecstatic, and flabbergasted.…Fans of other high-spirited girl characters like Junie B. Jones and Clementine will fall in love with Princess Pistachio.”—School Library Journal

“[L]ively ink-and-watercolor illustrations brighten every page.”—Booklist

“This book is full of adorable illustrations that, along with the text, clearly capture both the frustrations and fondness older siblings have for their younger charges. Sure to be a big hit with young readers just graduating from picture books to their first chapter books.”—Resource Links

“Young readers making the transition to chapter books will once again be thrilled to read about the adventures of intrepid Pistachio and her lovable little sister Penny…Gay’s narration is full of dynamic descriptions…The illustrations provide a great deal of interesting information for readers as well…Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Marie Louise Gay’s impish pen and ink drawings have plenty of humourous details… Chock full of vivid, out-of-the-ordinary descriptions, like “Pistachio’s heart falls to her belly button,” this playful chapter book will capture the interest of beginning readers.”
—National Reading Campaign

“Perfect for early readers wanting more text in the books they are reading! There is so much action, humor and description. The illustrations perfectly match the tone and share with readers the adventures that the sisters have. It’s quick to read and worthy of reading again.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing, an initiative of the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities, for our translation activities.