I am always on the lookout for good, high quality children’s literature. If it’s going to teach my children the values I would like them to have, then that’s so much the better. So, when I received the opportunity to review The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen, I was very hopeful of finding a book that the children, especially the girls would enjoy.
About the Book
The story of The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen revolves around the adventures of a little girl named Ellie, who is also called pajama girl throughout the book, and her little sister, who is called Sis. (My Ellie just loved that the main character shared her name 🙂 ) In the story, what adventures Ellie has in her dreams is determined by what kind of pajamas she wears. For example, if Ellie wants a beach adventure, she would wear her beach themed pajamas. In the story, Ellie wants a sweeter adventure, so she wears her cupcake pajamas.
Once they are dressed for bed and asleep, the adventure begins. In this dream, the children are taken to a land of cupcakes, and hear that there is about to be a coronation for a new queen in Cupcake land. The children set off to find the new cupcake queen, but when they meet her, they are startled by how sad the Cupcake Queen is. Someone has stolen all her sprinkles, and the coronation will never be a success without sprinkles.
Sis has wondered off at Ellie’s request to go and play, so the Cupcake Queen and Ellie go to look for Sis and for the sprinkles. They find them together as Ellie and another girl (the Cupcake Queen’s little sister) are playing together in a large pool of sprinkles. The little girl has stolen the sprinkles because she’s jealous at not playing the part she thought she should play in the coronation fesitvities.
The Cupcake Queen and the sprinkle thief make up and apologize. The sprinkles can now go back to being used on cupcakes and the coronation will be a success. Ellie and Sis can also participate in the festivities before they leave their dream of cupcake land.
This is a really “sweet” story. The illustrations are beautiful colored pencil drawings and the cupcakes, girls and sprinkles are a true joy to behold. My preschoolers were both captivated by the drawings and by the story. They found it to be fun and enjoyable.
The book also sends a message about stealing and about forgiveness that is there without being forced or heavy-handed. I like books that teach a message, and this one does.
Having said that, sometimes I feel like the book rhymes and other times it doesn’t. I wish it was written just in rhyme or not because I feel like it would flow better. Once I practiced reading it aloud a few times it didn’t matter, but the first couple of times, I felt kind of awkward reading it because I was expecting the rhyme scheme to remain the same and it didn’t seem to.
My eight year old, who also enjoyed the book did want an explanation for how Sis was able to join Pajama Girl on her adventures when they happened in dreamland. I simply told her that it was story telling magic.
On the whole though, rhymes and logical queries aside this is a fun book and we really enjoyed it. It’s something that I’m going to enjoy looking at and won’t mind reading over and over again if the children request it.
Purchasing the Book
And the exciting news for you is that when you purchase this book online or in a book store, you can enter your receipt number and email address on the download page of the book website and receive ten free activity sheet downloads. If you’ve got little girls that love to color, and do mazes and dot-to-dots the way mine do, this is a really fun download, so make sure you nab it!
And Now for a Giveaway….
I am generously being allowed to give away one copy of this book to a winner in the United States or Canada. So, if you’d like to win, we’ll keep it simple 🙂 Just comment and answer this question: What is your favorite kind of cupcake?
This giveaway will end April 5, 2015, and the winner will be chosen by Random.org.
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