La princesa Sara no para (9788417123826) / Princess Jill Never Sits Still (9788417123833) by Margarita del Mazo, illustrated by José Fragoso. English translation by Ben Dawlatly. NubeOcho, 2020.
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book fantasy
What did you like about the book? An impish little princess, whom her parents had hoped would sit quietly in a lovely frock, romps energetically around the palace, wreaking havoc everywhere. Royal advisers recommend all sorts of remedies, but nothing works. Finally, when the king and queen introduce the princess to a prince from another kingdom, it dawns on them when she is seen swinging from the chandelier with the prince: their daughter is an acrobat! This tale is told with verve and humor, and shows a happy kingdom with loving parents and a racially diverse populace. The playful caricature-like illustrations reminded me of the French illustrator Sempé, and sure enough, Sempé is listed on the author’s website as one of his influences. Ink with watercolors on a spare background keep the eye focused on the princess’s antics. From playing music on pots and pans, to tying a witch’s hair to the tail of a cat, there are lots of details that will make parents and kids giggle, and hopefully they will recognize that a kid just has to be a kid, princess or not!
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Great to offer to princess-weary parents of toddlers who want yet another princess book. Pair with Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole. Perfect for Spanish language picture book collections.
Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary schools and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: February 25, 2020