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Purplicious    by Victoria Kann & Elizabeth Kann order for
by Victoria Kann
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HarperCollins, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

The authors of Pinkalicious are back with a follow-up story to the one about the girl who is obsessed with the color pink. This one, Purplicious, deals with peer pressure and standing up for oneself.

In this story, Pinkalicious is informed by the playground crowd that pink is out and black is in. Apparently, pink is for babies and black is for the cool girls. Pinkalicious tries to tell the other girls that she still likes pink, but they taunt and ostracize her. To fit in, Pinkalicious is on the brink of giving up her favorite color until she meets a girl in art class who loves purple as much as Pinkalicious loves pink. They discover the magic of pink: when they mix it with blue, it turns purple.

The story is open-ended, but it leaves the reader with the impression that Pinkalicious will not cave in to peer pressure and will stay true to herself. Parents may want to exercise a bit of caution in reading this story to very young children since it exhibits kids being pretty mean to each other, but older children will likely get the message about the importance of individuality.

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