Author Sandra Hagee Parker has written her first book for children. An attorney living in San Antonio, Texas, Parker is the daughter of preacher John Hagee. Her book, The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen, draws inspiration from her own two daughters, Olivia and Elliana.
In the book, Ellie’s pajamas send her on various adventures when she goes to bed. On the night she wears her cupcake pajamas, she and her little sister are transported to a kingdom of cupcakes. They arrive in time for the coronation of the Cupcake Queen. But the coronation comes to a halt when sprinkles have gone missing. The sisters help find the missing sprinkles, and learn a lesson about being jealous.
Here are my pros and cons for this children’s book:
- great illustrations
- the Pajama Girl idea of the pajamas she wears takes her on these adventures during her dreams is brilliant
- before the sisters go to bed, they say a little prayer
- it is not written well, though she tries to write in a rhyming style, Parker doesn’t quite pull it off
- why cupcakes and sweets? i would have loved the palm tree pajama adventure
- the connection between feeling sad and stealing isn’t clear
As a new father, I want my little girl to know that when she feels jealous of what someone else has, she should not take that whatever it is. I want her to know that her feelings of jealousy (and other feelings) are okay to have. It is what we do with our feelings and how we respond to those feelings that matter. I don’t feel like that is addressed in this little book, though it is a conversation a dad could have with his daughter after reading the book.
Parker uses the words “stealing” and “stole” to talk about the actions of the character that took the sprinkles. Clearly drawing inspiration from Exodus 20:15, as quoted on the title page of the book:
So, what do you think? If you’ve read the book, what did you think? Leave your review in the comments below. Or, enter to win your own copy and write a review for this blog.