IDW Publishing 2016
Written by Georgia Ball
Illustrated by Amy Mebberson
Coloured by Fernando Peniche
Lettered by Robbie Robbins
I’ll be honest my sister was the Strawberry Shortcake fan growing up though I did like to smell those little figures. Since then i’ve seen sporadic attempts at reviving the franchise but never paid much attention to it. So with this new number one and being a review guy I said okay let’s see what’s up in the world of Strawberry Shortcake.
While there is a very definite audience in mind for this I found a very cute all-ages read. The updated designs to the characters are hip and completely show off a unique individuality to the characters. There are apparently a lot new characters as I had too look up one they called Sour, she’s Sour Grapes though she seems pleasant enough but a little opinionated. She’s in the opening scene with Plum and another character I don’t know.
So basically the girls are trying to help the Berrykins build a new playground for the little ones. So while discussing how they could raise funds for a new playground it’s decided that Strawberry being the best baker around is going to enter a Baking Competition. Well everyone but Strawberry decides this is going to happen though she goes along because that is what friends do.
I like this it has all the hallmarks of friendship, optimism and hope will still kind of being realistic. Strawberry is worried about winning and everyone else’s conviction that she has this in the bag. It’s a very nice way of saying you can still try your best even if you doubt yourself and all your friends think you are the best. Friendship can lift you up that’s for sure.
A familiar character is reintroduced to the world of Strawberry Shortcake as the Purple Pie Man comes back. This is how he and Strawberry meet and we see that all isn’t what it seems here. As the story continues you see one contestant after another eliminated from the competition through what could be considered sabotage. But who would do such a thing and why?
Amy and Fernando make this as cute as can be. I love that his all-ages cartoon like interiors and that the colour schemes let you know who’s who. The shading gives of a nice dimension to the work. It definitely gives off a positive fun vibe.
This is everything you think it is. Cute, saccharine sweet and while not the girls I knew when I was 10 they are definitely a modern interpretation with the same message of friendship conquers all and that it’s okay to doubt yourself so long as you do your best and see what happens.