Priscilla and the Pink Planet
Nathaniel Hobbie & Jocelyn Hobbie
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
riscilla lives in a pink planet, but longs for more hues in her life, so she sets off on a quest for color (in cute verse whose rhythm is occasionally clumsy) ... '
Pink rivers. Pink fish. Pink grass and pink sky. / Pink is all you can see, no matter how hard you try.
' I enjoyed Jocelyn Hobbie's illustrations, which highlight poor Priscilla's frustration with her rosy surroundings.
fter much walking and wading, Priscilla is amazed by a multicolored butterfly, so of course she follows its bright hues through the monotonic landscape. It settles in a palace, where the '
Great Queen of Pink
' nets this '
' visitor. It's the queen who has hidden all her planet's '
' color underground. Priscilla bravely marshalls her argument - '
colors were out for the wide world to see, / pink would look even pinker, don't you agree?
' - and wins her case.
riscilla and the Pink Planet
has elements in common with both
Alice in Wonderland
books. Though it's not at the same level as either Lewis Carroll or Seuss, it is fun, especially for those who see the world through rose-tinted glasses.
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