Friday, February 11, 2011

Petunia Pepper's Picture Day

By Cathy Breisacher and Christian Elden

Poor Petunia Pepper! Every year disaster strikes her on school picture day. Puffy hair, pumpkin-style smiles and pink eye help create pictures that only her family could love. But this year, Petunia promises herself things are going to change. She plans carefully for the perfect picture day. Unfortunately, she misses the school bus and begins a series of misadventures that lead to yet another picture day fiasco. In the end, Petunia spots her picture on the front page of the local paper, featuring her heroic rescue of a runaway poodle. Now that's a picture everybody in her class will love!

My Take:

I really enjoy well done children's books.  Some people think you can just slap a couple rhymes together, add in a few colorful illustrations and bam! done.  Well, tis not so.  A book needs to have substance, as a children's book it is simple substance but substance just the same (phew!  Don't know if I've ever used the word "substance" so many times in one sentence.  Here's one more for good measure: substance)  The book should be relatable, (Petunia Pepper just can't seem to get a good school picture taken, is any kid ever happy with their school picture?  For that matter is any adult happy with their driver's license picture?  So,  relatable? check.) humorous, (the main character's name is Petunia Pepper.  Humorous? check.) easy on the eyes (look at the cover. check.) and finally have something of a message (learn to be happy with yourself and your appearance.  Message?  check.)  Petunia Pepper's Picture Day was a sweet little book that really put a smile on my face, and my daughter's as well.  She enjoyed it even though she is only 3, and my nieces enjoyed it (ages 5 and 8)  If it passes the kid test, it's good enough for me!  1, Pay Full Price

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Petunia Pepper's Picture Day was a movie it would be rated G

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Anonymous said...

I work in the school system. Gonna have to buy this book to read...on picture day!! ;-)

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