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Picture Book Review: The Fresh Princess

The Fresh Princess

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Picture Book Review: The Fresh Princess

This book stands perfectly apart from the show, not only because it features a girl, but also in story.

We received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review Date: April 8th, 2019

Written by: Denene Millner

Illustrated by: Gladys Jose


Cover Copy

This is Destiny, but everyone calls her Fresh Princess.

She’s got style.

She’s got flair.

In all things fresh and princessy, she’s got it licked!

That is, until she moves to a brand-new neighborhood, where nothing looks quite the same as it did at her old house. And to make matters worse, she thinks everyone is a better double Dutch jumper than she is. This move is not fresh at all.
But Destiny always has a plan. She’ll stop at nothing to find the perfect chance to jump in!

In the spirit of the Fresh Prince himself, Fresh Princess is a new girl on the scene who faces every day with courage, spunk, creativity, and, of course, style.

The Fresh Princess


So I was just young enough to miss the show that was inspiration for this book, and thought I would need my slightly-older-than-me-husband’s input to get the little in-jokes I assumed would be in this. But thankfully (and disappointingly for him) this was not an issue. This book stands perfectly apart from the show, not only because it features a girl, but also in story. Yes, she moves in the story, but that’s about the only correlation I noticed. My husband only got about halfway through it before realizing it wasn’t going to include a new version of the theme song, and lost interest. Haha so if there were things that related the two in the second half, I can’t say.

That said, the target audience for this book is not grown adults! So I wouldn’t worry too much about it not working as a throwback style of book. This is a girl who loves being a princess, which is totally up Madeline’s alley. She jumps rope, which is fantastic in Madeline’s eyes. Two ropes is kind of a mind-boggler for her at this point. And it tackles issues that are I think pretty relevant to kids.

What I like about this book’s theme is the fact that it shows a girl who is pretty confident in herself getting into a new environment and then questioning and doubting herself, which we have all done, but then remembering how great she is and plucking up the courage to sort of dive into her new life and be that same confident girl she was before. That’s a great message.

The Fresh Princess

Kid Ratings

  • Font Readability: 10/10
  • Kid Engagement: 9/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 8/10

Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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