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Review: Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party

Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald My rating: 3 of 5 stars Judy Moody was one of my daughter's favorites. It was weird and sweet to read Judy's return as my daughter is in high school. It actually made me wonder what Judy would be like as a high schooler. In this new tale Judy is just as we left her - impulsive, self-centered, and hilarious. Judy gets the notion that she may be part of the English monarchy. She writes to the Queen (and receives a response!) and begins to align her life with what she imagines royalty would do. It isn't a Judy Moody tale without conflict that forces Judy to apologize to someone. She realizes that her relatives may not quite be royalty. What I like the best about Judy is that she often does something that requires an apology, even if it is to herself. Since these books are meant for kids ages 6-8, it is great to have a beloved character who loves with full passion, sometimes gets carr

Review: Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power

Power to the Princess: 15 Favorite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power by Vita Weinstein Murrow My rating: 5 of 5 stars This beautiful looking book holds some radical retelling of beloved fairy tales. Since my favorite fairy tale and princess is the Little Mermaid, Vita Murrow's retelling hit me the hardest. First of all the Little Mermaid is now a young woman of color. Then her adventures finds her meeting what they call a land princess. No prince in this story! Their cross-cultural exchange is sweet, including how they get the Little Mermaid's grandmother involved. My next favorite is Beauty and the Beast. This retelling does not eliminate the love story between the two, but it does reframe it in a manner that is more feminist than anything Disney has offered us. It also amplifies the strength of Belle that we see in other versions of the tale. And seriously, this book is beautiful. The cover is red cloth with gold embossing. It feels so nice

Review: Princesses Save the World

Princesses Save the World by Savannah Guthrie My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a great book if your kids are princesses obsessed and you are tired of the usual princess stories. What starts off as a not-so-spectacular storybook turns into a lesson on the importance of bees, girls working together, and even chemistry. The racial diversity of the princesses gathered to save the world is lovely. Parents often ask me what they can do to sustain their daugther's interest in science. This book might do just that! In order to relocate bees to a land where there are none, the princesses must create an alluring smell. This is when one of them hits the princess lab to create a perfume to lure bees. This is a great subplot to talk about the importance of science, but not in a heavy handed way! Maybe just reinforce that the princess is in a chemistry lab. Maybe a good time to buy your daughter a chemistry kit too? Overall "Princesses Save the World"