4.8Overall Score

Dear Diary,

First off, let me be the first to say that Cupcake Princess Jones is not just another princess character. She’s someone your little girls can connect with and admire.  As a mom of three little princesses of my own, I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review one of the best princess book series we’ve read–Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu and Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School. The Author Ylleya Fields has two daughters and a son and recognized in her effort to introduce books to her children that there was limited selection featuring African American characters. As a result, Cupcake Jones was born. She’s  a blend of Ylleya’s daughters’ looks and personalities. But any little girl can connect to this smart, sassy and colorful character.

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The two books weave a wonderful tale about embarking on adventures and discovering the hidden treasures along the way–all from the perspective of an adorable African American girl with a huge imagination! As soon as my daughters saw the books, their eyes lit up as bright as the California sun. The vibrant illustrations drew them into the pages. My daughters couldn’t stop talking about Cupcake’s glowing brown skin, relatable facial expressions and fashionable outfits. If that isn’t enough to appeal to your little princess, the style of writing in the stories will. The gentle, rhyming cadence captivated my kids. They recognized familiar sight words and discovered new meanings. They learned valuable lessons about empathy, trying new things, communicating with parents, dealing with conflict and more!

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The character of Cupcake Jones will resonate with young girls of any ethnic background. I love that she is a little girl of color who is positively represented. But the books don’t focus on race  Cupcake’s race but rather on an intelligent, expressive, young princess dealing with common issues impacting girls her age. A bonus feature that kept my girls thoroughly engaged with the series even after reading the stories several times was the hidden word game. The word “love” is hidden in each and every full color illustration. They had a blast racing to find the word first. They also enjoyed the free online activities, such as coloring pages, word scrambles and the missing tutu maze.

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The stories impact my daughters long after we shut the books. By seeing their own reflection in Princess Cupcake Jones, they are filled with confidence and learn the definition of beauty expands well beyond what’s depicted on TV.

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Halloween is a long time from now, but we’re already talking about creating Cupcake Jones costumes. We may even throw a Cupcake Jones themed birthday party where guests are required to wear colorful tutus.

You too can introduce yours little one to the whimsical word of Cupcake Princess Jones. Click here to order a copy of the book and other adorable items.

Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom received copies of the series to complete this review.

Princess Cupcake Jones

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