Ever wish you could change the way you perceive your home, your workplace, your hometown - the world?

Meet Princess Prissypants, a young girl who wants to see everything pink. She doesn't care what anyone else in the kingdom thinks.

"Princess Prissypants Wishes the World Pink" by Ashley Putnam Evans (Pink Angel Press) with illustrations by Martha-Elizabeth Ferguson is a tale written for readers ages 4 to 8 that has a moral.

Princess Prissypants is convinced that the world would be a better place if everything were pink. She has a chance to make this happen through her birthday wish.

She makes her birthday wish - the world around her turns pink - and the result is just not what she expected. Traffic is a mess - all the lights are the same color - a marching band marches right into the river (all the directions they would have followed were pink) - and then Princess Prissypants steps on her cat.

It is only then she realizes she likes the differences in the colors that define her world - yellow daisies, sapphire blue seas, snow white clouds - even her friends freckled noses.

She discovers that everything pink - even though it is her favorite color - is just not right - and unwishes her wish.

The author's inspiration for the book came from her daughter who had a meltdown when she dressed her in a feminine navy and white sailor suit instead of the pink dress she wanted to wear.

Her daughter's reasoning: "Mommy, white is just so normal. Pink is...magical.

Any child will enjoy this book - laugh at Princess Parissypants - and eventually discover that diversity is indeed a wonderful thing.

The illustrations are beautiful. The cover art alone will intrigue you.

Evans, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, lives with her husband and two children in Lake Wylie, S.C.

Ferguson is a visual artist, illustrator and designer. In 2003, the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., created an archive of her career. She and her husband live in Scotland.

Available April 1, the hardcover book sells for $16.95 and may be ordered through any national bookseller, including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Amazon.com.

Joyce Laabs can be reached at

features@lakelandtimes.com.