Saturday, July 08, 2017

Prickly Jenny

Prickly Jenny. Sibylle Delacroix. 2015. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: Jenny doesn't say good morning because, really, what's so good about it? Jenny doesn't want her new polka-dotted dress. She wants to wear her old T-shirt, and that's that.

Premise/plot: Jenny's mood is less than ideal in this picture book. As the title says, Jenny is prickly. Each page reveals that Jenny is still upset about something. In fact, it's EVERYTHING that's wrong.
Jenny says, "Leave me alone!" But she cries when Mommy goes away.
My thoughts: I like it. There are some illustrations that I really love. (Like when it's nap-time and Jenny is standing on her head!) The book isn't horribly unique. Finn Throws a Fit comes to mind, for example. And in my opinion, Finn is probably the better book. But there is something to be said for the simplicity of this one. It's less showy, less dramatic, more realistic than Finn perhaps.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

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