“An endearing protagonist who puts the very ‘spunk’ in ‘spunky.’ Julie’s vivid artwork pops off the page.”

— Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Kirkus


“Children will look to find themselves in the crowd of people and will be able to do so.”

— Henrietta Mays Smith, Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2011 Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


“In this charming fairy tale, a spirited girl brings new life and joy to her kingdom.”

— Pauletta Brown Bracy, Ph.D., NC Central University


“Colorful, whimsical illustrations invite younger listeners into the story of a young courageous artist who defies her king.  Themes of the critical importance of art and meaningful relationships add allegorical layers that deepen the story for all readers.”

— Susie Wilde, Teacher, Writer, Reviewer, Presenter,
 Consultant, and Children’s Book Specialist


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