Not Quite Snow White

by Ashley Franklin

On Sale: 07/09/2019

Not Quite Snow White

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Not Quite Snow White

by Ashley Franklin

illustrated by Ebony Glenn

On Sale: 07/09/2019


About the Book

A picture book for magical yet imperfect children everywhere, written by debut author Ashley Franklin and perfect for fans of such titles as Matthew A. Cherry's Hair Love, Grace Byers's I Am Enough, and Lupita Nyong'o's Sulwe.

Tameika is a girl who belongs on the stage. She loves to act, sing, and dance—and she’s pretty good at it, too. So when her school announces their Snow White musical, Tameika auditions for the lead princess role.

But the other kids think she’s “not quite” right to play the role.

They whisper, they snicker, and they glare.

Will Tameika let their harsh words be her final curtain call?

Not Quite Snow White is a delightful and inspiring picture book that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika encourages us all to let our magic shine.

Critical Praise

“A beautifully illustrated story.” — Booklist

“Using language which encourages hope, body positivity, and self-worth, Franklin weaves together a story which can be used by parents, librarians, teachers, and reading specialists to discuss overcoming discrimination.” — Booklist

“Buoyant digital illustrations in candy colors reflect Tameika’s outgoing personality.” — Booklist

“By the end, I was cheering and tearing up with joy for Princess Tameika!” — Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy’s Khimar 

“Franklin’s sensitive treatment of this young girl’s story, along with Ebony Glenn’s bright but soft illustrations, encourages us to root for a new kind of princess while opening much-needed conversations.” — Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, author of Mommy’s Khimar

“A feel-good picture book and a great reminder that classic princess roles can be reimagined to embrace inclusion, diversity, and body positivity.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Glenn’s playful, animation-inspired digital art will enchant readers as it immerses them in Tameika’s vivid imagination.” — Kirkus Reviews

“For kids who like to imagine themselves being anything they want to be, it is reassuring to be reminded that it’s not exterior looks that matter but the princess within.” — Kirkus Reviews

“With earnestness and plenty of heart, the creators adroitly make the girl’s problem feel less overwhelming, smartly emphasizing her passion and empowerment.” — Publishers Weekly

“It’s refreshing to see female confidence portrayed without a single 'aw, shucks' moment, and important to be reminded that there’s no one right way to be a princess.” — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062798602
  • ISBN 10: 006279860X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 07/09/2019
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price:21.99 CAD
  • Ages: 4 to 8
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American

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