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I Want My Light On!: A Little Princess Story Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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PreS-Gr 1–The Little Princess is afraid of ghosts and insists that her light stay on at bedtime. Her dad confirms that there are no ghosts under her bed; the Admiral assures her that if there were any, the General would deal with them; the doctor instructs her to blow her nose if she sees any; and the maid insists that if there were ghosts, they would be very small. But when the Little Princess and her stuffed animal, Gilbert, hear a ghostly sound, they hide under the bed, only to discover a little ghost who is more afraid of them than they are of him. He runs back to his mother at the top of the castle and proclaims that he has seen a little girl. “‘Don't be silly,' said his mom. ‘There are NO such things as little girls!' ‘I want my light on anyway!' said the little ghost. ‘Just in case.'” A common bedtime fear is given a delightful twist with the help of a ghost clutching his own lovey. Readers familiar with the series will recognize the eccentric and memorable characters. Clear, expressive watercolors add humor to the simple text, and the Little Princess formula still works well at cleverly addressing common early childhood issues.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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The Little Princess wants her light on at bedtime, and no procession of royalty and servants—including the king, an admiral, a doctor, and a maid—can convince her otherwise. She finally settles on ghosts as her primary fear and, sure enough, meets one (complete with a skeleton equivalent to the princess’ stuffed toy). The ending pulls the ol’ switcheroo: the ghost, fleeing to his mother, cries, “MOM, MOM, I’VE SEEN A LITTLE GIRL!” As a story about both avoiding bedtime and being afraid, this never feels quite comfortable in either direction. It’s busy enough to keep attention, though, and the watercolor art adds a cozy element to the creepiness. Preschool-Grade 2. --Daniel Kraus