Don't Drink the Pink: Book Review

Inside: A book review of Don't Drink the Pink.

Don't Drink the Pink Book Review and links to related activities

I have another fun rhyming book from B.C.R. Fegan and the talented illustrator, Lenny Wen, to share with you today.

Author: B.C.R. Fegan

Illustrator: Lenny Wen

Publishing: TaleBlade Press, 2019

Theme: Magic, Color, Grandparents, Poetry

Age: 4-8

Synopsis: Imagine a magical birthday surprise, not just once, but every single year! Madeline's grandfather mixes the most wonderful potions and each year, without fail, he surprises Madeline with an enchanting new batch.  Every year she chooses a different colored potion that gives her magic powers for the day, including super strength, super speed, and invisibility. But with every birthday concoction comes the warning, "Don't drink the pink!"

Opening Lines:  
Grandfather Gilderberry
never seems to rest.
He's always in his workshop,
working at his best.

Dad thinks he's crazy.
Mom thinks he's just old.
But I think he's amazing
and worth his weight in gold.

Why I Like This Book:  
  1. I'm always a fan of rhyming stories, and this one's no exception. The rhythm is bouncy enough to catch the attention of young readers. My 3-year-old granddaughter was making up rhyming songs the morning after we read the book and her repeating line was "Don't drink the pink"!

  2. Each potion comes in a different color, providing the opportunity to practice color identification, which is exactly what my granddaughter and I did.

  3. The book gently exposes the reader to aging and death. The ending is sad when Grandfather Gilderberry dies, but it's at this point that Madeline drinks the pink potion (the final gift from her grandfather) and has the most amazing and beautiful experience. I have to admit I got a little choked up reading that part, but my granddaughter is too young to understand, and my 6-year-old grandson was much more focused on the powers of the pink potion!

  4. The illustrations are cheerful and engaging. My grandson said he really liked the story and the pictures were his favourite part. I tried to get him to give me some more details as to why, but that's all I got :)

  5. The strong and loving relationship between Madeline and her grandfather was the best part of the book for me, and I bet it will be for you, too!

Book Related Activities:
  1. SCIENCE: Kids LOVE making their own potions. Red Tricycle has a fun post with 12 pretend potions that she gathered up from other bloggers. It's definitely worth a visit.

  2. RHYME: Learning to rhyme is a crucial skill for beginning readers as it helps develop phonemic awareness. Reading Rockets has a great list of rhyming games and activities that are easy to play at home or in the classroom. 

  3. EXPLORING OLD AGE & DEATH: This book could be used as a starting point when discussing death with a child. I would recommend reading this article from Psychology Today if your child has lost someone close to them.

  4. SOCIAL STUDIES: You could do a quick and easy mini timeline study, since the story follows the girl from age 1 to 15.  Crisscross Applesauce has a free past/present/future printable you might like.

  5. CRAFTS: Here's a really fun and easy craft you can do with your child to encourage color exploration. It's perfect for preschoolers learning their color names, but I also know that first graders would love it, too. In the video they're making a color-changing chameleon, but you could switch out the chameleon for pretty much anything!

That's it, friends. Thank you for stopping by.

Before you go, here are some more B.C.R. Fegan book reviews:

1. The Day That A Ran Away

2. Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32

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