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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent, by Marie-Louise Gay. Pajama Press, 2017. $12.95 ages 6 and up

"Let's play ball!" says Pistachio. She bounces his ball on the floor. Dog snorts. Pistachio opens the door. Dog opens one eye. "Come on, Dog." Pistachio is growing impatient. Dog grunts as he heaves himself up onto his tiny legs. He waddles to the door. He looks outside. He sighs, shakes his head, and waddles back to his cushion."

For fans who have been waiting for a new adventure with Princess Pistachio, your wait is over! She is as feisty and positive as ever, although she has a big worry about Dog. Seems he has no interest in doing anything but sleep and eat, then do it all over again.

Pistachio wants more for her beloved pooch! She thinks he needs to get some exercise. She's sure there must be a more exciting way to spend his time than sleeping it away. He might just die of boredom, if she doesn't do something. What she does is take him to school. It is not exactly successful!

A few days later, she notices a sign in the bookstore. It seems just the ticket. The Doggone Theater is looking for dogs to audition for a starring role in an upcoming production. Pistachio thinks Dog will be perfect. Her best friend Madeline is not convinced.

"What? What's so funny?" asks
"Can't you read?" says Madeline.
"It says, 'Wanted ... talented, intelligent,
beautiful dog.' Hahaha!"
"So?" says Pistachio impatiently.
"Your dog is a fat ball of fur," says
Madeline, "with a brain the size of a green

Poor Pistachio! Fear not; she is not one to give up. Imagine her surprise when Dog gets the starring role and goes on to acclaim as Maurice the Magnificent, the perfect dog for a princess. Will it cause a problem with Madeline and why? And, how will she handle it?

If you want to know, you will have to read this new book from the incomparable Marie-Louise Gay.
You won't be disappointed!  

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