HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School!
Author: Ylleya Fields
Illustrator: Michael LaDuca
Publisher: Belle Publishing, 2014
Related websites: http://www.PrincessCupcakeJones.com (series), http://www.BellePublishing.net (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Fields, Ylleya. Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! (published in 2014 by Belle Publishing, 5247 Wilson Mills Rd., #324, Cleveland, OH 44143). How did you feel on your very first day of school? Cupcake Jones is a modern day princess who loves her tutu and playing with her toys. “The end of the summer was finally here, which meant, in the kingdom, a brand new school year.” But even though today is the first day of school, Princess Cupcake refuses to go. “But at 6 Garden Place, Cupcake sullenly pouted. ‘I won’t go to school! No, I won’t!’ Cupcake shouted.” After pouting doesn’t work, she pretends to be sick but gets better quickly when a visit to the doctor with the possibility of a shot is suggested. Then she claims that her tutu is a mess. But Mom has washed it. The Princess even tries to hide. Will she ever make it to school? Why doesn’t she want to go? And if she does go, what will she find?
Princess Cupcake Jones Won’t Go To School! is the second book of the Princess Cupcake Jones Series, following her introduction in Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu (2013) also by author Ylleya Fields, which I have reviewed previously. One reviewer wrote, “Princess Cupcake and her footstomping ways are adorable!” Well, some of us parents don’t find that kind of behavior adorable, but the whole point of the book is that children do sometimes act in this manner, and the story might be a useful tool both to show kids the best way to behave in these situations and also to show parents the best way to handle such situations. Of course, homeschoolers don’t have to worry about their kids’ fears of going to an institutional school, but there are times when even homeschooled students don’t want to do their work, so the book could be provide good encouragement in that area as well. It will be available on September 1, 2014.