Cianna was a pet washer at the Pet Palace and Day Spa on Windym, an island where all the Royal families vacationed during the Spring. She was the best pet washer on the island, even though she was born blind. Cianna was super busy at work because all the princesses and princes wanted their pets to look their best while they were on vacation. One day, Princess Polly, who was vacationing with her family on Windym, saw Cianna and realized she was a perfect replacement for a sick princess in a dance she and the other princesses were planning. Cianna wasn’t sure she would fit in with all the other Princesses or be able to dance well. After a sleep-over at Polly’s family’s castle and a recital with the princesses, Cianna goes to her work and has a terrible thing happen to her, she gets suspended from work after someone switched hair remover for pet shampoo! Now, she can practice for the dance all she wants but she knows her work and the pets needs her.
This is the kind of book I wouldn’t normally pick up (princesses, pet spas – not really my favorite topics), but I read the description of it on Sue Morris’ blog – Kid Lit Reviews and she recommended it. Well, I really enjoyed this book! I really cared about what happened to Cianna. I loved Cianna’s “never-give-up” attitude. Ms. Alvarez described the setting of Windym really well, I really felt like I was there and could see everything that was happening! I also really like the cover art. I know my description of the plot of the book makes it sound like a total “girl” book, but I think it is really a great book about friendship, opening your heart and eyes to other people and accepting yourself for who you are. I think boys would like the book too! I recommend it to kids 9+ and young advanced readers.
You can learn more about Ms. Alvarez and the Pet Washer Series HERE!
This is the redesigned cover for the book 😀