Children's Book Review: Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu by Ylleya Fields, Illus by Michael LaDuca

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Princess Cupcake Jones and the Missing Tutu cover

Synopsis:  Children's rooms are often a colorful menagerie of toys here,  clothes there, and stuff everywhere. When something is lost, it may take all day to find it.Princess Cupcake learns why she should keep her room clean if she wants to be able to easily find her favorite things.>
One morning, awakened right after dawn,
the princess exclaimed "My tutu is GONE!
Was it stolen by robbers? Where did it go?"
She lined her dollies all up in a row.

"Have you seen my tutu? Oh, please, please say yes."
But the dollies were quiet. They just couldn't guess.

Upon learning that her family has an appointment to have an artist paint their portrait, Cupcake disagrees with her mother's  suggestion of what she should wear. Cupcake is frantic because she doesn't like the dress her mother picked out and cannot find her favorite tutu--which she wears almost daily.

Cupcake goes through the whole palace, searching high and low for her tutu. She looks everywhere--from the kitchen, to inside the washer, and finally goes back to her room. What a mess! Even after Cupcake tidies her room, her tutu is still nowhere to be found! 

Review: Miss Grace was delighted with this book- she definitely emphasized with Cupcake, as she loves to take toys out, and HATES to put them away, no matter how easy we made it for her! In fact, it took us literally an hour yesterday just to clean her 'play' area downstairs! She laughed herself silly when it was discovered where the missing tutu was in the book! We then had a LONG discussion about keeping ones toys where they should be! 

Miss Grace had fun finding the hidden word (love) in each inviting illustration- it was a wonderful added bonus. This is a wonderful book, the illustrations are colorful and very charming, and most little girls will relate to it and love it! Pick this one up for some great Summer reading!

About the Author: Ylleya Fields is the mother of three beautiful children, two of whom are girls. Hunting for books to read to her eldest daughter when she was 2, Fields was struck by the small selection of titles featuring a African American character. Blending both of her daughters' images and personalities, Fields created Princess Cupcake Jones. This is her debut book, and the first book in the series. Several more books featuring this adorable young girl are currently in the works, so watch for more adventures starring Cupcake Jones.

About the Illustrator: Growing up with a pencil always in hand,Michael LaDuca always knew his calling was in the arts. He started taking drawing and painting classes at age eight at a Lewiston, NY, art studio and continued to hone his artistic education at Lewiston-Porter High School. He then attended Edinboro University with a focus in animation and illustration. Today, as a master of character expression and still-framed storytelling, Michael produces brilliant illustrations for children's books that charm audiences and bring storybooks to life. You can explore his collection of children's book illustrations by visiting