Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review - I Want a Sister!

I Want a Sister! (My Little Princess)
by Tony Ross
Date: 2001
Publisher: Andersen Press
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

The Little Princess has a new problem to cope with. Her mother is having a baby, but Little Princess doesn't want a brother - she wants a sister. Everyone tries to convince her otherwise. Then the new baby is born, but is it a boy or a girl?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

In this story, the Little Princess really, really wants the new royal baby to be a girl. She just doesn't want a brother. Even after all her arguments about why boys and brothers are bad in general are all contradicted by the adults of the household, she still insists that she wants a sister, and reminds her mom when she goes to the hospital to bring back a baby girl!

Well, the queen ends up having a little prince. I don't know how things are going to go from here on out, but the kid seems happy enough after her parents convince her that they don't need another little princess because they already have her. I can see this being of use for kids who are facing the impending arrival of a sibling... but it doesn't go much further than that. Sibling rivalry isn't really addressed (and with all of the Little Princess's preconceived notions about boys, there's probably going to be some friction in the castle).

I enjoyed this a little more than I Want a Friend!, but I still think some of the other books in this series are better.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.33 out of 5

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