Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? Filippo, a young flamingo, wants to make friends with monochromatic Poncho the panda and Zac the zebra. Every time Filippo approaches he is rebuffed for being pink. They tell Filippo that pink gives them headaches, doesn’t mix with black and white and “pink is for babies and princesses.” Filippo’s family reassures him that it is not true. Filippo even tries painting himself black and white to fit in, but Zac and Poncho laugh at him. Finally, a shy little lemur named Ludo, who has been hiding throughout the story, tells Filippo that some of his favorite things are pink and that he wants to be friends. They paint a little pink on Zac, Poncho and the other animals to “add some more pink to the world.” Though Zac and Poncho still don’t want to be friends, the other animals are “tickled pink to go pink.” The illustrations perfectly complement the story as the bright pink flamingos stand out against the monochromatic setting and characters. Once Filippo spreads the pink and makes friends, more colors are introduced to the landscape. This is a sweet French import about being one’s self and making friends.
Anything you didn’t like about it? It would have been a better ending if Zac and Poncho realized that they were being exclusive and mean. The book does not show that they learned to change their mean behavior.
To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a good choice for storytimes about friendship.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 2/11/2020