Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink by Marcel Szenessy


Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink by Marcel Szenessy
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (31 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Rosalinda is a young energetic princess with lots of ideas. Her parents support her in every way to let her live her dreams even if it means to completely redesign their kingdom. However, one day Rosalinda makes an amazing eye-opening discovery that changes the way she sees the world…

There is such a thing as having too much of something you love.

I liked the fact that the king and queen were so patient with all of Princess Rosalinda’s requests to make everything in their life pink. It was adorable to see them do everything from order the royal painter to paint her bedroom walls to change the color of the trees outside of their castle. They seemed like they were very loving and warm parents because of how much attention they gave to the things that mattered most to their daughter.

Some of the items that Rosalinda wanted to turn pink made me grin. I’ve never looked at a lake and wondered why it wasn’t pink, so seeing how unlikely stuff like that happened was amusing. The magical elements of this fairy tale world were simply delightful.

One of my favorite parts of the plot was how it used repetition to give kids hints about what would happen next. Repeating the same phrases over and over again is a great way to make a children’s book sound like it really happened once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away.

The ending was what really made me fall in love with Rosalinda’s adventures. It was the perfect capstone to all of the things she learned after she asked her parents to make everything on their property pink. I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for her or for her family.

Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink was a sweet and gentle story that I’d strongly recommend to princesses of all ages.

One to Ten, Squirrel’s Bad Day by Carole P Roman


One to Ten, Squirrel’s Bad Day by Carole P Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Length: Short (37 Pgs)
Rating: 5 Stars
Age Recommendation: 3+
Review by: Stephanotis

Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn’t know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution.

Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming.

Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

What a fun book! It has a wonderful message and is beautifully illustrated by Mateya Arkova.

The story is about a squirrel that slips and drops all the acorns he’s gathered. He watches them slowly float down the river and becomes sad. Along comes his friend, a rabbit, who tries to cheer him up and offers him a way to compare this disaster to others in his life. He has to rate certain things on a scale of one to ten with ten being very bad.

What I loved most about this book is the author chose situations that most children can relate to like getting bad grades at school, grandparents moving away, parents divorcing, and even bad weather ruining your outdoor games.

While reading it I thought that its theme isn’t just for children but actually for all of us. When you’re having a bad day or something terrible happens if you put it on a scale of one to ten it doesn’t seem so bad.

I’d recommend this book to parents to read with their children and maybe use it as a tool to open up a discussion about feeling down or how to get over something bad happening in your life.

Ziger The Tiger Is Getting Fat by Robert Locke


Ziger The Tiger Is Getting Fat by Robert Locke
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (25 pages)
Age Recommendation: 6+
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Ziger The Tiger is back! This is the third story in the series of animal stories for kids and is all about eating fast food in the jungle. Kids will find out what kind of food Ziger is eating and why his Mum recommends a healthier option. Ziger is convinced but has to hide a terrible secret from his Mum before the happy ending. A great way for kids to relate to problems of eating fast food, how it can affect their views on their body image, and their health. The story has a few surprises, not least the intervention of Sniper Viper who is the snake behind JungleLeaks!

Some foods are much better for you than others are. It’s time to learn why that is so!

The pictures that were included between chapters were great. They tied into the storyline beautifully, and they were also a lot of fun to look at because the author had chosen so many different types of pictures to illustrate Ziger’s adventures. Some of them were about what what happening to the characters right then while others were messages to the audience. It was interesting to have that kind of variety.

I didn’t like all of the teasing that was going on in the plot. Ziger had a few different experiences with other animals in the jungle who didn’t want to spend time with him because he was overweight and out of shape. Some of the things his friends said to him were really unkind, and I didn’t think they should have been included in a story about eating less junk food.

My favourite part of this book were the healthy eating tips that Ziger’s mom shared with him once he decided to make some changes in his life. The tips were simple, easy to remember, and full of good advice. I also appreciated the fact that she was so positive and encouraging with her son. It isn’t always easy to make these kinds of changes in your life, so it was nice to see the main character get so much support from his family.

Ziger The Tiger Is Getting Fat should be read by any family who is interested in making healthier choices.