By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $18.00, 32 pages
The New York Times best selling series by mother-daughter team Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton returns with Gerry, the very fairy princess, in an intimidating situation. At the end of the school year, Gerry must pack up her belongings in preparation for moving into a new classroom in the fall. Miss Pym has always accepted Gerry as a princess and let her wear a crown in class, but news of a new teacher makes Gerry wonder if everything is about to change.
“My brother, Stewart, says I’d be a princess even if I wore a paper bag on my head. This does NOT help.”
Illustrator Christine Davenier portrays depth in emotion and imagination with delightfully detailed images. The cover is vividly colored with the addition of pink and purple glitter on the book jacket, whereas the inner hardback remains glitter free for younger hands.
Change is hard for everyone, but The Very Fairy Princess Graduation Girl! demonstrates how change can be especially hard for young people accustomed to routine and familiar faces. Andrews and Walton Hamilton combine a royal imagination with youthful perceptions, resulting in a happy ending worthy of celebration on and off the page.
Reviewed by Lori A. May