Friday, 18 March 2016

Spring Reads: The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party

ZonderKidz; $16.99; 32 pages; Amazon
I don't normally pay too attention to new books that are written for girls, but I have a much younger cousin, so I thought I would keep my eye out on any new titles which she might enjoy. When I saw that The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party was available to review through BookLook Bloggers, I eagerly signed up to review it.

Written by Mona Hodgson and published by ZonderKidz as an "I can Read!" series (1 - Beginning Reading), The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party centers on Emma and Abby, twin sisters who are princesses, and today is their birthday!

Emma and Abby hop out of bed, both excited about their big day. They pick out the prettiest dresses, put on their crowns, and head downstairs to eat breakfast with their parents. Then the twins help set things up for their birthday party, like name cards, etc..

Before long, their friends arrive carring presents for the twins. Everyone seems to be having a great time, well, all except for Emma's friend Beth, who has vanished from the party. Where did Emma go?

Final Thoughts: I had never heard of the series, let alone the author, until I signed up to review the title through BookLook. After a quick research (well an internet search), I learned this a reprint with illustrations from a different illustrator, Julie Olson. I'm not for sure why there was a change, but I did like all the pictures throughout the story; the illustrations are simple, but fun. The story itself is pretty simple as well, with the twins getting ready for their birthday bash. Then there is a twist at the end where Princess Emma has to help out a friend; that is when the twins learn that the birthday party isn't just about them, it is about the friends too. Overall, The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party is an adorable, fast-paced story that should appeal to younger readers.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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