This book was a gift for my daughter, and it has quickly become her favorite book. She fell into the princess craze, early, when one of her friends introduced her to Minnie Mouse, which led to other Disney Jr. Shows... As someone who grew up a tom-boy, with no interest in the color pink, it was hard for me to swallow the fact that my daughter prefers skirts and dresses, loves the color pink, and finds princesses fun.
This book is a great way to demonstrate to her that princesses aren't all that are seen in the Disney movies. It likens the idea that regular girls are princesses, and that it really doesn't matter what you do- you can be a princess and do whatever you want. And that is what I love about it.
What I don't like about it is that odd feeling I get after reading it to her that makes me feel like I'm forcing something. When I'm done reading the book, it feels to me like it's a "rage against the color pink" book- though I think it's the last sequence, "at the ball." Thing is, my daughter legitimately likes the color pink. This book makes me feel like pink is bad, or somehow associated with the "other" princesses who show up in disney. That there are the "pink" princesses and the "not pink" princesses.
Not that my daughter gets that. She likes seeing the girls doing stuff and wearing "sparkly crowns." But that feeling I get keeps me from giving it 5 stars.