Monday, February 18, 2019

Review - Pinkalicious: Cherry Blossom

Pinkalicious: Cherry Blossom (Pinkalicious)
by Victoria Kann
Date: 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

It's the pinkest day of the year! Thanks to a magical swirl of pink petals, Pinkalicious experiences a traditional Japanese cherry blossom celebration and learns to fly a kite with the help of a new friend.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I noticed that our library has a lot of e-books from two collections: Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious. I tried Fancy Nancy yesterday and was absolutely charmed. It was probably too much to ask that Pinkalicious would also be good.

From what I can tell, these books have been barfed on by stereotypical gender norms. We have a little girl named Pinkalicious (sadly, I'm not kidding; her parents should be jailed for that) who lives in Pinkville. The illustration of her room nearly made me vomit; I don't think I've ever seen so much pink in my life.

The story revolves around Pinkalicious (I hate even dignifying that by typing it) as the Cherry Blossom Festival approaches. She loves it, of course, because cherry blossoms are pink. She tries to get her kite flying so she can fly it at the festival, but it's tricky. On the day of the festival, she tries to fly her kite... and is inexplicably whisked off to Japan where she meets a little girl named Sakura (whose name means "cherry blossom"). Sakura doesn't seem alarmed that this kid just appears in front of her; she enlists Pinkalicious's help to hang lanterns from the trees. Then Sakura helps Pinkalicious fly her kite because that's what friends do (they're friends already?!) and another magical gust of wind sends Pinkalicious back to Pinkville.

The illustrations are simplistic, ugly, and quite garish. Unless a kid's favourite colour is pink, they're probably not going to be attracted to the pictures in this book.

Well, now I know what Pinkalicious is all about. And now I can avoid these books in the future.

Premise: 1/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 2/5
Illustrations: 1/5
Originality: 2/5

Enjoyment: 1/5

Overall: 1.33 out of 5

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