Picture Book Review: Princess Jill Never Sits Still

Princess Jill Never Sits Still by Margarita Del Mazo
Princess Jill Never Sits Still
by Margarita Del Mazo

5 out of 5 stars

Princess Jill is so full of energy that she cannot sit still. She runs through the garden, jumps on the beds, plays with her food, bangs on pots and pans to make music, and climbs all over her royal throne without ever sitting in it. The wise men and witches and sorcerers give her potions and try making her wear iron boots, but nothing keeps the princess still for longer than a moment. When a neighboring kingdom bring their little prince to make friends with the princess, the king and queen don’t know what to do! But the foreign prince has a secret of his own that might just make them all friends.

This picture book is hilarious and full of fun! The poor king and queen have no idea what to do with their unmanageable princess, and the princess just grins and happily speeds along from scene to scene. This story is perfect for children who have a lot of energy and find it difficult to keep still! It sends a positive message that having a lot of energy is a good thing, but you need to focus that energy in good ways.
Princess Jill sprints through the illustrations at a fabulous rate, and every line in the artwork shows the energy and movement of the characters. The expressions on the faces of the other characters really shows their exasperation with the wild princess, and I love how vivid the illustrations are. They combine black and white lines with colored-in portions of the art that focus the attention on one aspect of the scene, and the background remains black and white. I just loved the cartoony style. There is a silliness in the art that is perfectly juxtaposed with the elegance of the palace and the elaborate attire of the refined king and queen.

Everything about this book is completely adorable!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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