Marie-Louise Gay has come a long way since she failed art class in the third grade. The author and/or illustrator of over sixty books for children, she has captured the imaginations of children and their parents with her whimsical cartoons and beloved characters like Stella and Sam, Caramba and Henry, and Princess Pistachio. In 2013 Marie-Louise was award the Claude Aubry Award, which is presented by IBBY Canada for distinguished service within the field of children's literature.
In four breathless, fast-paced chapters, Gay once again weaves a frantically funny tale with deliciously named characters, while subtly recognizing some underlying concerns regarding sibling responsibility and difficulties with adult-child communication. Descriptive and age-appropriate language flows naturally and is in perfect tandem with the brightly hued illustrations that depict redheaded, freckle-faced Pistachio's every changing emotion. Young readers will cheer for her. Long live Princess Pistachio. **Starred Review** Kirkus Reviews This entertaining transitional reader is perfectly suited for children ready to try chapter books. Translated from French, the text is rollicking and descriptive, offering strong vocabulary words such as careens, ecstatic, and flabbergasted...Fans of other high-spirited girl characters like Junie B. Jones and Clementine will fall in love with Princess Pistachio. School Library Journal This book is full of adorable illustrations that, along with the text, clearly capture both the frustrations and fondness older siblings have for their younger charges. Sure to be a big hit with young readers just graduating from picture books to their first chapter books. Resource Links Young readers making the transition to chapter books will once again be thrilled to read about the adventures of intrepid Pistachio and her lovable little sister Penny...Gay's narration is full of dynamic descriptions...The illustrations provide a great deal of interesting information for readers as well...Highly Recommended. CM Magazine Marie Louise Gay's impish pen and ink drawings have plenty of humourous details... Chock full of vivid, out-of-the-ordinary descriptions, like "Pistachio's heart falls to her belly button," this playful chapter book will capture the interest of beginning readers. National Reading Campaign