Title: Princess Pistachio
Author: Marie-Louise Gay
Series: Princess Pistachio
Recommended for: children who are just transitioning to chapter books – either as readers or listeners
Pages: 46 pages
Call Number/Link: J FICTION GAY, M.
“When she receives a mysterious crown for her birthday, Pistachio realizes that she is really an abducted princess. But this only makes her parents sigh, her friends laugh, and her baby sister Penny insist on playing princess too. When Pistachio’s angry wish makes Penny disappear, she needs a princess’s courage to get her back.”
I was conflicted whether this was a beginning chapter book or an early reader. After some thought, I decided to keep it in juvenile fiction.
I enjoyed the book but didn’t absolutely adore it. Pistachio has a wonderful imagination and we have similar ideas of what life should be like as royalty. The cute illustrations were a nice bonus.
The book stays rooted in reality despite Pistachio’s imagination and is more about family relationships than royalty. Thus, it’s not exactly for the child who “wants a book about princesses.” The exception would be if the child wants to read about princess wannabes who don’t get what they want.