Picture Book Review: Tickled Pink

Tickled Pink by Andrée Poulin
Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color
by Andrée Poulin, Lucile Danis Drouot (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Filippo, the pink flamingo, wants to play with some other animals, but they won’t let him because they say pink is for babies, pink gives them a headache, and pink doesn’t mix with their colors. Filippo goes home to his family, who encourage him and remind him of all the beautiful things in the world that are pink. A shy lemur approaches Filippo to make friends, and Filippo learns that friendship can bloom anywhere and you can be accepted just the way you are.

This sweet book has such a great message about acceptance, but it’s told in such a fun and entertaining way that it doesn’t feel preachy at all. Filippo is an adorable main character, and I loved going on this emotional journey with him. His flamingo family are wonderful at encouraging him and pointing out how great his color is.
Pink strawberry icecream, cotton candy, sunsets, roses, and a dozen other things are mentioned as having a lovely pink color. His family prove to Filippo that his color is beautiful and he is worthy of having good friends.
Each time that Filippo approaches the animals and asks to play with them, that shy lemur is in the background of the illustrations watching the encounter as Filippo is taunted and teased because of his color. Finally the lemur gets up the courage to talk to Filippo and they become good friends!

I love the adorable illustrations! Most of the artwork is in black and white and grays, so that Filippo’s bright pink color stands out. Each member of the flamingo family has a slightly different shade of pink feathers, making the illustrations really special. The expressions on the characters’ faces are so vivid and full of energy! The illustrations really deepen the story and add a lot of humor to the book!

I love this cute book!

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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