Happy release day to Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams for their charming middle grade novel, The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess! I contributed cover art and black and white interior drawings for this title. B. B. is a 13 year-old-orphan who is coming into her own as a young princess. This is the type of story that I would have eaten up as a young girl. I hope you pick up a copy and enjoy it. For a great interview with the mother/daughter team, check out a fun blog post over at Crazy Quilts! Here are a few reviews to whet your appetite.
“Sweet, sassy and mystical, this novel deftly melds an old-fashioned story of princess preparation with the modern twist of body image and self-esteem.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The ‘godmommies’ are terrific characters and role models, and the illustrations by Shadra Strickland are outstanding as well. Highly recommended for both you and the growing girls in your lives!” – Rhapsody in Books
“I was quickly lost in B.B.’s fantasy world which was framed in an expert use of language, crafted in master storytelling techniques and decorated with darling drawings.” – Edi Campbell
“Talented authors Randall and Randall-Williams created this charming novel that tickled my imagination. . . . The Diary of B. B. Bright will provide readers with adventures that’ll lead them through the fast-moving exploits of a fresh new character, Black Bee Bright, a.k.a. Bee or B. B. Although Bee and her world is fantasy, the authors have kept it all very real. Contemporary readers will recognize Bee’s defiance of the Godmommies’ three rules, the secret of her father, and her struggle to pass the life-defining official princess training test . . . the dreaded OPT. A Black Princess? You betcha! This is a book that should win recognition and praise.” —Patricia McKissack