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by Joy Allen & illustrated by Joy Allen

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: June 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-399-25455-0
Publisher: Putnam

A scant, slapdash tale of princess play told in lumbering rhyme.

In verse that doesn’t exactly fall trippingly from the tongue, Allen describes six princesses traveling to Princess Park for a Princess Palooza Party. When they arrive at the park, the girls spot six more princesses who are on their way to join them. Ballerina Princess teaches the girls a dance, Cowgirl Princess leads a game of double Dutch and the princesses swing and cavort until the sun starts to set. “Now it’s getting dark, time to gather wands and tassels / And march on home to their own Princess castles.” And what are they going to do tomorrow? Why, the same thing, of course! The watercolor illustrations are a bit more engaging and entertaining than the story. They depict a diverse array of princesses, and though the majority of them sport frilly dresses and heels, there is one decked out in a baseball outfit with a crown emblazoned on her cap.

Not even the glitter on the cover or the hot-pink cut-out Princess Palooza crown inside can save this one. (Picture book. 4-8)