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Books: Don’t Drink the Pink
Author: B.C.R. Fegan
Illustrator: Lenny Wen
Published: August 1, 2019
Publisher: Taleblade Press
Genre: Picture Book
Source: Received for review from Taleblade Press
Follow the special relationship between Madeline and her Grandfather as they both grow and share in the most magical birthday experiences. Filled with secrets to uncover and brimming with imagination, Don’t Drink the Pink explores a number of basic concepts including colors, numbers and the reality of growing older. (Goodreads)
I love B.C.R. Fegan’s books. This is the third one I’ve read, and they always bring me joy, and surprise me too.
Don’t Drink the Pink is a cute rhyming book. The repetition has a lovely rhythm to it which will delight both parents and children alike. The relationship between Madeline and her grandfather is incredibly sweet.
This story had me tearing up and thinking of my own grandfather and the special memories I have with him.
Each year on her birthday, Madeline’s grandfather arrives with a case of potions. She gets to choose one to drink – except the pink – that gives her a special experience and memory for that birthday.
As always, Lenny Wen’s illustrations are delightful. I loved the early twentieth century setting and am sure that will open up some neat conversations with kids about clothing, technology, transportation and inventions from that era. I also adore the facial expressions on the parents throughout the book. The things that happen from grandpa’s potions are weird and hilarious, if slightly dangerous.
Content Warning: There is a character death in this book, as it deals with the reality that grandparents age and pass away.
This book is going on my keeper shelf. While the main storyline is about a little girl receiving gifts from her grandfather, its true theme is about making memories with the special people in your life rather than acquiring stuff.