Pink Me Up
By Charise Mericle Harper
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375856075, 40pp.)
Publication Date: February 23, 2010
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For pink-obsessed Violet Bunny, attending the Pink Girls Pink-nic and Tea Party with her mama is the best day of the year-you should see her outfit! It's always been girls-only, and pink-pink-pink. But when Mama wakes up with pink spots, the day seems ruined-until Daddy steps in to take her place. But Daddy is a boy, and not at all pink. What to do? Why, pink him up, of course. And with stickers, glitter, ribbons, and tape, the pink-nic becomes a daddy-daughter outing, and Violet's pinked-up daddy is the hit of the party. Violet realizes she can pink up anything-and she will! Here's a bunny-funny, sweet offering sure to please daughters and parents.
Charise Mericle Harper, whose actual favorite color is "a sad blue," is the creator of Fashion Kitty, the "astute and empathic" When Randolph Turned Rotten (Publishers Weekly, Starred), and many other fun and splendidly clever books for kids.
The idea for Pink Me Up came from a TV show Charise likes in which old or plain cars are made fancy and special. This got her to wondering: hmm . . . what else could you fancy up? How about a dad? And to Charise, fancy = pink (especially the glittery kind).
Charise likes eating pink cupcakes and wearing pink clothes, but she does think there can sometimes be too much pink. Especially when it comes to sunburns!
Charise shares her home in Mamaroneck, New York, with her husband (who would be pinked up), their daughter (semi-pink), son (he's not pink!), and cat (hmm . . . maybe).
Review, Publishers Weekly, January 18, 2010:
"A frothy tale that will most appeal to girls with an untiring love of all things pink."