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THE HINKY PINK by Megan McDonald


An Old Tale

adapted by Megan McDonald & illustrated by Brian Floca

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-689-87588-5
Publisher: Richard Jackson/Atheneum

Extraordinary seamstress Anabel wants to work for a true princess, one with beautiful features and a name ending in “ella.” When Princess Isabella Caramella Gorgonzola soils her dress before the ball, she gives Anabel a week to create a designer gown while working in the princess’s tower. Each night, an unknown creature pinches the seamstress and interrupts her slumber. Nursemaid Mag advises the girl that the Hinky-Pink goblin causes her unrest and will only end her torment—and give her the chance to finish the dress—if Anabel makes the creature a bed of its own, but each attempt dramatically fails. McDonald’s storytelling excels through flavorful language, controlled pacing and a delightful conclusion. Floca displays the charm of Old World Florence through soft watercolor-and-ink illustrations that fill the pages, capturing the city’s world-renowned landmarks. His delicate lines, full of vitality, enhance the retelling of this tale, which was inspired by Margery Bailey’s 1940 story, The Bed Just So. Fairy-tale enthusiasts will delight in this fanciful story. (Fiction. 5-8)