From School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-Popular Pinkalicious and her brother visit a park, only to discover that it has become a garbage dump. The magical princess creates a wand from a stick, kisses it, and proceeds, with verse, to gradually transform clusters of debris into lovely things-birds, a castle, fancy dress, and a boat mobile. The place is finally a glorious garden, but the magic wand disappears into the wind. Pinkalicious promises that the seeds and love they have left will make the entire world "Emeraldalicous." Kann's mixed-media illustrations are brimming with color and detail, the latter perhaps an occasional detriment. Fans will continue their dedication, and teachers may choose to share this for recycling encouragement.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
When Pinkalicious, the princess of pink, and her friend Peter visit their favorite park, they find it filled with garbage. Thankfully, her wand becomes magic, and each time the friends recite a rhyme about something they love, the wish comes true: “Buckets, bow tie, and a bone. / All this garbage makes me groan. / What I would love is a pretty throne.” Six wishes later, they have turned the ugly dump into a “greentastic garden.” As a follow-up to Pinkalicious (2006) and its three sequels, this is adequately diverting, and the mixed-media illustrations do catch the eye, especially with the dizzying amount of very specific junk strewn across the page. (Later, of course, this junk becomes hearts, flowers, etc.) Using a princess theme to tackle conservation and nature protection does not make for the smoothest of fits. That said, those already invested in our popular pink heroine might just follow the example and think green—maybe even emerald green. Grades K-2. --Julie Cummins