Strawberry Shortcake Volume 2 – Review
Written by Georgia Ball, Kristen Gudsnuk
Art by Amy Mebberson, Nico Peña, Nicoletta Baldari, Tina Franscisco
Lettering by Tom B. Long, Robbie Robbins, Christa Miesner
Published by IDW Publishing
This comic bundles 6 short stories together. The stories range from a smooth talking salesman trying to get Strawberry to expand her business, a mysterious case of mistaken identity, arguing twin sisters, Strawberry dealing with a bad review, a song contest and a sundae contest. All are great fun to read and enjoy.
As I recall Strawberry from my childhood, it is a great joy to read this comic and reconnect with all the characters. It is great to see that such a classic is still standing and endured the test of time when it seems children these days have other interests besides a baking girl story book. I especially enjoyed the detective story. It was really nice to see how they went on about it. I also like that the stories are empowering to children. It goes along the lines of My Little Pony, which was also something I grew up with and ended up being reimagined to world fame. I am truly appreciative of the efforts made to keep those classic tales alive for generations to come.
The classic art of Strawberry Shortcake gets a bit of an update here and there to match our current times but there is a story included which uses the old style drawings. Also the book includes full page drawings mostly using an older type of drawings as well. The art is colorful and lovely almost as if you could smell the sweetness coming of the pages.
The short stories are really well told and always hold a message at the end. To trust your instincts, to think out of the box, and to believe in yourself. The power of friendship is also very present in the stories. I am positive that they make great read alone stories and would do great for storytelling with younger children as well.