Friday, 2 August 2013

Princess Milly's Mixed-Up Magic: The Birthday Surprise by Clemency Pearce and Lauren Beard (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E)

Such a cute read!
May 2013, Puffin, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Themes: life as a princess, having fun with magic, birthday celebration, strong friendships, a cute dragon/unicorn/cat/frog, bunny slippers, stunning dresses and tiaras, baking disaster, cat shaped teapot, an awful lot of cupcakes, trying hard, turning your home into a cake, feeling nervous, support from friends, a wonderful surprises, familiar party games in a magical setting,

Content: huge dose of cuteness, lots of laughter, a few disappointments, a very happy ending

Summary from Puffin
Princess Milly wants to create the perfect Birthday celebration for her friend Ella but, try as she might, her magic always gets muddled up! From cupcake chaos to a giant cakey crisis, Milly's spells keep spinning out of her control.

Nayuleska's thoughts
The concept of this story sheds a fresh light on being a princess - how cool would it be to live with your
other friends who are also princesses? A princess doing magic isn't unusual, but Milly, who is a little over-enthusiastic in her spells finds she needs to be more specific in her wishes, even when she's not exactly sure what she wants. The strength of her friends helps her to keep trying. 

The cupcake baking incident had me going Eeeewwwww! as I all too readily imagined the foul flavours, the cupcake magical mishap was hilarious! Lauren's mega cute style of illustrating fits Clemency's story perfectly - there weren't quite 1 million cupcakes, but there certainly was a lot! I loved how each princess had her own theme which was represented in her clothes, bedroom and possessions - as you can see from the cover Milly's theme is butterflies - check out her dress, shoes, tiara and wand!

You can find out more on Lauren's website.

Suggested read
Check out more of Lauren's work including her cute fairytale collaboration with Abie Longstaff in The
Fairytale Hairdresser:Or How Rapunzel Got Her Prince (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E) 

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