Monday, May 6, 2013

Now Available from LB Kids -- My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea by Mary Jane Begin (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316245593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316245593
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches 
  • Buy now from Amazon for only $10.98.


"This gorgeous illustrated picture book features a brand-new My Little Pony underwater adventure, and includes an exclusive art poster!

When Twilight Sparkle receives an invitation to visit the underwater city of Aquastria, she invites all her pony friends and Spike to travel with her. The ponies are welcomed by the ruler of Aquastria, King Leo, who sits on the Cosmic Council alongside his cousin, Princess Celestia. There is a long-held rivalry between the seaponies and the mermares. The two groups compete each year in a race for the grand prize, which is a beautiful pearl. Join the ponies and Spike as they confront danger, make new friends and race to the finish in this shimmering new world!"


My Thoughts:
Like any young child, my daughter, Savannah, is going through different phases.  One minute she was infatuated with everything Mickey Mouse or Toy Story, and now she can't get enough of My Little Pony.  While my husband is not a fan of the show or toys, I can't help but embrace Savannah's new love (at the moment), as I used to love My Little Pony as a child. :-)  So, while Savannah still plays with her other toys, her room is currently decked out in pony themed posters, wall stickers, and the floors are covered with her growing pony collection.

So, when I heard about "My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea" by Mary Jane Begin releasing from LB Kids, I had to get my hands on a copy of this book, to share with Savannah.  And, when it arrived, Savannah went crazy, dancing around the kitchen singing the "My Little Pony" theme song to me, and asking to have the book read to her.  I knew she wouldn't be able to wait until bedtime to read the book to her, so I promised her we would read it after lunch. 

After lunch, Savannah and Arabella ran over to the couch to grab a seat, and waited for me to sit down with the book.  Before I could begin reading, Savannah asked for me to flip through the pages, so she could admire the ponies.  We must have looked through the pages half a dozen times before I was finally able to begin reading the story to her.   

The story takes the ponies into a new territory, in this undersea adventure.  Twilight Sparkle and her pony friends travel to the underwater realm, Aquastria, ruled by King Leo.  Upon arriving, they learn of the long-standing feud between the seaponies and the mermares, who compete each year in the Aquastria Race for the Purple Pearl.  

While the story cute and easy to read and understand for even the littlest of listeners, the main draw of this book is definitely the detailed colorful illustrations of the seaponies, mermares and the overall beauty of Aquastria.  Savannah kept asking if we could go here for vacation, as it was simply amazing! :-)  I am so glad I had the opportunity to review this book and share with the girls, as it has become an instant hit in our house, and a must read every night at bedtime.  And, when my husband or I are not reading this book to the girls, they are flipping through the pages themselves, admiring the seaponies and other underwater creatures.  

This is a must have book for any "My Little Pony" fan, and one that will be read again and again.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.