by Marie-Louise Gay
4 out of 5 stars
This treasury includes “Princess Pistachio”, “Princess Pistachio and the Pest”, and “Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent”.
In the first book, Pistachio is convinced that she is actually a kidnapped princess. She receives a mysterious crown in the mail, and believes that her real parents, the king and queen, will be coming to take her away to a palace. When she wears her crown to school, the other children make fun of her. Eventually, Pistachio learns to appreciate her family even if they aren’t royalty. She even learns to love her bratty little sister, Penny.
In the second book, Pistachio has to babysit her baby sister, Penny, and they go to the park. But Penny keeps getting into trouble. She shoplifts fruit, she dives into a fountain to steal the coins, and she climbs over a wall into the garden of an old woman who appears to be a magical witch. They escape before they are turned into toads, but Penny is such a handful, and Pistachio is fed up with her. But at least they are never bored!
In the third book, Pistachio takes her dog to an audition for a theater play, but the only thing her dog can do is sleep all day. How can she get her dog to perform at the theater if he just snores through his audition? At first, Pistachio’s friends tease her about her boring dog, but when Pistachio’s dog becomes famous, they might get a little jealous.
Pistachio is a mess: tangled hair, sloppy clothing, and always falling into puddles. She’s so hilarious and cute! I love how she is a perfect combination of girly princess and tomboy. She is passionate and wild and impatient. I love her character development in each of the books. She is definitely bratty and rude. Her friends tease her, and never seem to have anything nice to say. But I can forgive that because Pistachio does seem to learn her lesson by the end.
The illustrations are completely adorable. The bright colors and cartoony style are charming and sweet. I love the funny expressions on the characters’ faces. It brings the story to life! I really like the pretty design of this book with gold-leaf details on the cover and a lovely ribbon bookmark attached.
The writing is delightfully funny with rich words, perfect for expanding the vocabulary of young readers aged 8-11. I love that vivid words like “menacing, clenches, preening, triumphant, rustling, and frantically” are included in the book. The writing is clear and powerful. This is a great little chapter book for readers who are starting to read more on their own.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.