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Reviewed by Kathy Golden for Readers' Favorite
Periwinkle Picks the Pickle by Lauren Harrell is a delightful and wonderfully illustrated story. It is the tale of Peter Pickle and Princess Periwinkle. Every year, people from the Kingdom of Cucumber bring their pickles, hoping that one of theirs will be chosen as the pickle of the year. But this time around, there is an unexpected twist with one of the contestants, and Princess Periwinkle must reset her thinking cap to decide who should win the honor of pickle of the year.
First of all, I want to applaud the colorful and entertaining illustrations by QBN Studios. I especially liked the scene of the people traveling on the roadway to get to the kingdom. The variety of subjects coming to participate in the contest varies in age and skin color and creates a subtle feeling of harmony among the people and the sense that any one of them could have the winning pickle. With Princess Periwinkle, author Lauren Harrell gives us a little princess who is unselfish and open-minded. The manner in which the winning pickle has been chosen in the past would not have helped Peter Pickle’s cause at all. But the princess is more than willing to accept that Peter is different and that just maybe for this year’s contest, it’s all right for her to behave differently as well.
I really enjoyed the lightheartedness of Periwinkle Picks the Pickle. It’s the kind of children’s book that has wonderful illustrations that kids can laugh at and have fun with. Periwinkle and her father have a beautiful relationship. Consequently, the story shares with children not just the contest, but this father-daughter bond as well. I experienced such a good feeling while reading this book. My thanks to Lauren Harrell for this creation.