I bought her children’s book today. ($11.?) at Costco.
I like it.
It isn’t the best children’s book, it is hardly a new theme, but it is done nicely with a good, positive, non preachy ending. My only complaint is that there are about two lines in the book that really sound snarky like someone from Brooklyn or something copping an attitude, it’s a little odd, the voice of telling the story. Maybe when I read it a few more times it will work in with the feel of the story better.
The illustrations are wonderfully different.
The basic story line is:
The English Roses are four girls who are inseperable. There is a girl that is very pretty and sooo goooood at everything she does and they (being girls) instantly don’t like her. they go out of their way to snub this girl (Binah.) and not be very nice.
Then, during a sleepover, they all have the same dream about a Fairy Godmother who gives them the chance to live in someone else’s life…invisible. They decide to try out first and pooof, they are in Binah’s kitchen, invisible and there is Binah cleaning the floor, preparing dinner, doing a buttload of drudge work. Y’see Binda’s dad works all day and she has to do all this work because her mother died years ago. Why she is pretty much like Cinderella.
So, as you can imagine, none of the English Roses wants to change their nice little lives for Binah’s life at all, and …poof…they wake up…discuss and decide to invite Binah over for tea.
And they all become friends and eventually inseperable, with the other four learning to help out Binda at her house with the cooking and do things together. Not just " he kissed her on the lips, she woke up and they lived happily ever after" crap.
I’m quite tired of co-dependents from Disney.
I’ll definately buy her next book.