Saureen Naik Desai’s The Adventures of Princess Pudding Pie (2020)

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/51-VrUtAfNL._AC_UY327_QL65_ML3_.jpgThe Adventures of Princess Pudding Pie (2020), written by Saureen Naik Desai and illustrated by Marco Mazzarello, follows a round-faced little girl with black pigtails and tan-colored skin on a journey around the world. The little girl, Princess Pudding Pie, introduces readers to brief greetings and yummy delicacies from a variety of countries including the USA, France, Kenya, and Japan.  The illustrations feature popular landmarks and regionally-specific clothes from the countries explored. Desai’s subtle lyricism makes reading aloud enjoyable for children and adults. Continue reading

Shannon and Dean Hale’s The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare

The Princess in Black and the Science Fair ScareShannon and Dean Hale’s The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare is delightfully and generously illustrated by LeUyen Pham whose many images are sure to encourage young readers’ transition from early readers to easy chapter books. The story strains against traditional fairytale conventions by engaging contemporary ideas and empowering its diverse princesses. Continue reading