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Priscilla and the Pink Planet    by Nathaniel Hobbie & Jocelyn Hobbie order for
Priscilla and the Pink Planet
by Nathaniel Hobbie
Order:  USA  Can
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Priscilla 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.

After 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 'unwelcome' visitor. It's the queen who has hidden all her planet's 'gaudy' color underground. Priscilla bravely marshalls her argument - 'If all colors were out for the wide world to see, / pink would look even pinker, don't you agree?' - and wins her case.

Priscilla and the Pink Planet has elements in common with both Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss 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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