Princess Truly in My Magical Sparkling Curls

Kelly Greenawalt, illus. by Amariah Rauscher. Orchard, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-338-16719-1
In this follow-up to 2017’s Princess Truly in I Am Truly, the effervescent African-American heroine takes her self-esteem to new levels: “I love my fluffy, puffy curls./ I’m so happy they are mine./ When I believe in myself,/ They shimmer and they shine.” Not only do her curls sparkle like firecrackers, they are also able to transport her to a multitude of locations: Rauscher’s sunny watercolors show Princess Truly meeting friendly dinosaurs in a prehistoric past, exploring undersea depths in a purple submarine, and venturing into the cosmos where she starts a rock band with a group of aliens. Princess Truly’s affirmations can get a bit repetitive, yet girls whose personalities are as buoyant as hers will welcome this gleeful celebration of self-confidence and black girl magic. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/13/2017
Release date: 01/02/2018
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