Don't Drink the Pink

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Don't Drink the Pink by BCR Fegan follows young Madeline from age one to fourteen, as each year her grandfather allows her to choose one of his special potions to drink. From super strength to invisibility, the potions offer magical gifts. He has just one rule- don't drink the pink! But come Madeline's fifteenth birthday, her grandfather has passed, and now it's time for pink, which offers a very special gift. As with all of Fegan's previous picture books, this one is full of gorgeous art and lyrical rhyming. Well worth adding to any child's library, it's sure to be enjoyed time and time again! 

***Many thanks to Netgalley and TaleBlade for providing an egalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Madeline and her Grandfather have a very close fun bond.

The illustrations in this book is amazing, eye catching and very well layer out.
It’s colourful so makes it very eye catching for young children (and this adult loved it too!).

Each birthday of Madeleines her Grandfather provides her with a potion and a wink of “don’t drink the pink”.

Each potion explores magical things for Madeline that will enthral each child who reads this or has it read to them. The wonders of it all spikes magic.

It was sad when I got to a part at the end but I soon cheered up with the happier ending.

Such a wonderful magical book with a great opening for discussion between a child and her love for her Grandfather.

Highly recommended.
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Delightful book for any child and grandchildren to enjoy. I requested this book to read to my granddaughter. Even though she is too young to understand the story I know she will come to love it.
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A sweet story about a girl and her grandfather and their special relationship with an unexpected sad ending. Grandfather and Madeline are creating potions that give them a variety of temporary magical powers.
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I read Don't Drink the Pink with my mom by B.C.R. Fegan and we both loved it. This book brought out the excitement and also sadness when Madeline experienced one of her favorite people going away. And after the sadness came happiness again and left us both feeling overjoyed for Madeline. We loved this book and will recommend this to everyone who has little children...and even adults. A fun and heart story for sure! Can't wait to read more from this author.
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Grandpa Gilderberry isn't your ordinary grandfather. Every year on Madeline's birthday, he whips up a batch of potions for her to try. She has her pick, but can never drink the pink one. Never ever, until Grandpa Gilderberry isn't there anymore. 

The relationship between Madeline and her Grandpa is very sweet. They share a deep love for each other that is clear to see. I enjoyed the illustrations in this book, and discovering what fun power Madeline will gain with each potion. My only gripe with this book is the rhyme. Some of the rhymes were a stretch, and the "don't drink the pink" verse didn't flow well when said out loud.
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**I received this from NetGalley for an honest review. **

Illustrations: ★★★★★
Amazing! And I love the colors too! 


Character Development: ★★★★★
The primary focus was of Grandpa Gilderberry and Madeline's realtionship. The love they showed for each other really showed within the artwork. 


Flow of the Story:★★★★★
Great! A fun story that could be read to a class of imaginative kids. 

Font: ★★★☆☆
I did not like the font chosen for this story book. I found that it didn't quite fit the style of the story book. This is just my opinion as an avid book reader and no one of great significance. 

Overall: I really love this children's story book. So much that if I were to find it on sale at my hometown book store I would nab it. Great job Fegan and Wen! The ending almost brought me to happy tears.
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A beautiful book! The story is wonderful and the illustrations are engaging and go perfectly with the story. A special story about a little girl and her grandpa and how they related to each other. I loved it as an adult and the 4 year old that I read it to enjoyed it, especially the colorful and entertaining illustrations. I highly recommend this wonderful book! I am very grateful to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Such a sweet story of a little girl and her grandpa; so happy and sad at the same time! Reminds us to enjoy the time we have with our loved ones, especially grandparents, before we leave this world. I really enjoyed the illustrations and they even told the story better than the words did sometimes. This is a book I would purchase for my son's home library, even mine!

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Don’t Drink the Pink by B. C. R. Fegan – This is a fun and beautiful story of a girls birthdays from 1-15 where her Grandfather gives her a special gift.  This would be a great birthday gift for any age, it rhythms for a fun read, and has a great sentiment.  This book released August 2019
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"This book is amazing.  Can we read it again?" - my 6 year old daughter
Wow.  We really loved this book.  It's happy and sad and joyous.  It was very well written and we loved the rhyming.  The illustrations were good and the storyline was great.  

Madeline's birthday is always an exciting one.  Her grandfather brings her potions to choose from for her to drink, but "Don't drink the Pink!"  We follow her exciting birthday potion choices each year.  Such a good book!!
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I thought that this was a lovely book to read, it is a really heart-warming story about the bond and love between a young girl and her grandfather.  The images in the book are delightful and I thought that they perfectly illustrated the story.  It is 5 stars from me for this one, I thought every page was really well done and I can't wait to read it again with my daughter - very highly recommended!!
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Don't Drink the Pink is a fun story of Madeline who is given a bottle to drink for each birthday from her grandfather but she is not allowed to drink the pink one. I wasn't sure what to think of this story but it is a really beautiful book and it really surprised me. The idea of different coloured bottles is fun and the effects are a magical and imaginative aspect of the book. It is also great to get the children thinking about what each of the colours are and they love guessing what they think might be the magical effect Madeline will have! I like how it showed grandad getting older as it is true to life and good for the children to see which is not shown in a realistic way over a longer timeframe in many books and I think this makes the book unique. I thought the ending was really beautiful and with all the intrigue of what the pink was going to be and the build up it really surprised me. The illustrations in the book are gorgeous and so fun to look at, the children loved to see Madeline as she grew up and the way each of the bottles look so magical. This is a really fantastic book that I would recommend, a very cleverly done magical story over a longer timeframe that is unlike any books we've read before!
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I really enjoyed this book. I found it magical and the illustrations were beautiful. The bond between Madeline and her grandfather is priceless, I love that he is the one who gives her something that every child dreams of for her birthday. She gets to be big, small, invisible, and magical. It also gently deals with the reality of losing someone you care about. 
I will definitely continue to read this book over and over to my boys.
Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the ARC for an honest review.
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Although, I liked this story, I was confused by the age group it was for. Alice grows up throughout the story and for each birthday her inventor grandfather gives her a different potion to try creating fantastical experiences that Alice loves. The story works in colors and number and rhymes in a way that's perfect for young readers - toddlers and preschoolers. 

But as Alice grows up, her grandfather gets older and in the end, she must celebrate her birthday without him. I think the story of loss and remembrance would be a great book for elementary school age children, but worry that the colors and counting might be too young in theme.
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I absolutely loved this book. I found it unique, charming, heartwarming, and beautiful. The bond between grandparent and grandchild is lovely, and then it's mixed with magic to create something special. I've never read a picture book quite like this one before, and I've read a lot of picture books. This is also a very gentle way to introduce a child to the reality of growing old and dying. It will show kids that death doesn't have to mean the end, and that our loved ones live on in our hearts and memories. Wonderful story!!
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This is a fun book where every year for Madeline’s birthday her grandpa gives her a different colored potion which has silly effects (invisible, can fly, runs fast, etc).  Illustrations are cute and the rhyming rhythm was fun for my 7 year old daughter.  She was confused as to why grandpa died and how the pink brought Madeline back to her first birthday. A few questions were raised, otherwise a fun read for younger kids.
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Lovely children's book, I like the illustrations. It is a story written in rhymes, about Madeline and her grandfather. Every year when Madeline has a birthday, her grandfather brings potions she can drink. Every year she chooses a different one and gets a different superpower.
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Fegan has written an amiable tale that follows potion master Grandfather Gilderberry and his annual brewed birthday gifts to his granddaughter Madeline.  Each delectable drink invites Madeline to enter into a new imagined world where she can assume a wide range of fantastic skills and abilities. As time moves forward Grandfather Gilderberry continues to age and eventually gives Madeline one final imaginative drink (The Pink) for her to remember him by.  There is warmth and whimsy to this tale that speaks to the threads of connection that are possible across two generations.
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A wonderful album!

Attracted by the lively cover and the intriguing title, I quickly plunged into this story, which I liked so much that I have already read it.
We follow the birthdays of the young Madeline, whose grandfather offers her every year a very special gift: an assortment of colorful bottles which she can drink the contents to live a magical moment. The only constraint is: do not drink the pink bottle.
The lyrics are poetic and all in verse, the illustrations are sweet, and the story is full of emotions (I did not expect at all in the end).

In short, it is a beautiful work, which I hope will be translated into French, because it is such a favorite for me, it becomes a must in the album library!
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