I have, and the jury is still out. Fiona Dunbar has a new book called Pink Chameleon, and it’s very funny and a good read.
The plot is of the “new boarding school and horrible uncle” variety, with some futuristic fashion on the side. Two sisters, mysteriously disappeared parents, chameleon pet, aforementioned uncle, an unusual great grandmother, and a fashion show make for an interesting mix.
I’m about forty years too old for Pink Chameleon, really, but I enjoy Fiona’s sense of humour. This is a perfect book for someone the right age. There’s a sequel on the way, too, so hopefully the ghastly uncle will eventually get properly sorted.
What I’m not sure about is the whole idea of books as products; in this instance a very pink product. I hasten to add that Fiona has written a book, not a product. But I wonder if the publishers are thinking product, rather than literature.
I’d like to know if they sell more books with pink or lilac covers (glitter optional) because they are pink or lilac, or if the pink and lilac puts more prospective buyers off? Not all girls love pink and lilac. Lots of parents are allergic to pink and lilac, after years of nothing but.
The cover of Pink Chameleon is artistically attractive. But I still suspect it does the story inside the covers a disservice. Though a quick, unscientific poll with some 8-9 year-olds the other day left me with the feeling that pink sells. And let’s face it; I saw some almost irresistible boots with pink flowers on, earlier this week.