When I read Sam and Holly’s post on alliteration the other day, the first thing that popped into my head was Margaret Atwood’s brilliant book and amazing alliteration in Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut. It’s been a favourite in our house for a long time. I still struggle to read it all the way through without getting tongue-tied, but it’s always good for a giggle and a launch into other alliteration activities.
Seth’s Review: This book is about a princess called Prunella who is a bit stuck up. But she learns her lesson and she stops when an old woman sets a spell on her in the form of a purple peanut on the end of her nose. Princess Prunella must perform three good deeds for other people before she can get rid of the purple peanut. I liked this book because of Margaret Atwood’s amazing alliteration. The illustrations by Maryann Kovalski are great, too. My favourite one is was when Princess Prunella is sitting in bed with her mum beside her wearing an apron that reads “I hate to cook”. I would recommend this book as a good story for children ages 3-7.
If you like this one, check out her other alliteration books, too.
Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes is about a boy called Ramsay who lives on the wrong side of the rampart. He escapes and meets Rillah from the right side of the rampart.
Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda is the story of two orphans, Bob and Dorinda who escape their uncomfortable lives to be reunited with their long lost parents.
All three books are masterpieces of alliteration. All worth the tongue-tying read, but our family favourite still remains Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut. If you need some inspiration for Holly and Sam’s alliteration challenge, check it out and don’t forget to enter. The contest ends on Friday!