Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Pippa’s Night Parade written by Lisa Robinson and illustrated by Lucy Fleming. It recently published on October 8, 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions/Amazon Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Pippa’s wonderfully wild imagination is perfect for dreaming up wildly adorable creations. But at night, her imagination runs a little too wild. That’s when the villains and monsters and beasts sneak out of her storybooks to scare her. Pippa tries everything: from night-lights to triple knots to clever disguises. But when the baddies keep coming, she realizes she’ll need to come up with something new. To prepare for this battle, Pippa will have to use everything she’s got—especially that wild imagination. Ready or not, here she comes!
While Pippa has a wild imagination, she can protect herself during the day with mighty masks, bold boots and spunky scarves. At night though it is hard for Pippa to calm her fears, for creatures such as dragons, pirates, serpents, and monsters surface from her storybooks. Pippa’s trepidation is conveyed through the text and the illustrations but readers also see Pippa’s problem solving skills. First, Pippa attempts to soothe her fears with extra night lights and a disguise. Next, she runs to her parents’ bedroom. When these tactics do not work, Pippa decides to confront the creatures by inviting them to a scary night parade leaving invitations in each book. Will Pippa be able to get rid of the creatures once and for all?
My students loved all the creatures in the book. While Pippa’s Night Parade is not a Halloween story, the presence of all the creatures gave the story a spooky feel. After I reading, we discussed the author’s purpose for writing the story and what did the author want to teach us. Here are a few of the student’s comments.
“Pippa was teaching us not to be afraid.”
“Pippa was scared of the creatures but she kept trying to find ways to get rid of them.”
“Pippa was brave because she wouldn’t let the monsters win.”
As a class, we discussed Pippa’s actions and how she was persistent because she didn’t give up. Soon after, another student shared “Pippa was smart because she used all the things in her design studio to make the creatures stop scaring her.” We then discussed how persistence means trying out new and better ideas.
Pippa’s Night Parade is an enchanting story about conquering one’s fears with persistence and imagination. Robinson’s lively and engaging text and Fleming’s detailed and action packed illustrations will keep children’s attention from the beginning to end.
Meet the Author and Illustrator:
Lisa Robinson was born in Kampala, Uganda, to Peace Corps volunteers who later became world-traveling diplomats. When she was a child, her family moved frequently, so books became her best friends. She now works as a psychiatrist and writer. She holds an MFA in creative writing for young people from Lesley University. She is also the author of Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten!, illustrated by Eda Kaban, and has more books forthcoming. She lives in Massachusetts with her family and three cats. Learn more about the author at www.author-lisa-robinson.com, or on Twitter: @elisaitw.
Enter a Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a copy of Pippa’s Night Parade, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon (U.S. addresses). Enter the giveaway by Friday, October 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.