Micro Review: My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea by Mary Jane Begin


Title: My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea

Author: Mary Jane Begin

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May Contain Spoilers

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This gorgeous illustrated picture book features a brand-new My Little Pony underwater adventure, and includes an exclusive art poster!

When Twilight Sparkle receives an invitation to visit the underwater city of Aquastria, she invites all her pony friends and Spike to travel with her. The ponies are welcomed by the ruler of Aquastria, King Leo, who sits on the Cosmic Council alongside his cousin, Princess Celestia. There is a long-held rivalry between the seaponies and the mermares. The two groups compete each year in a race for the grand prize, which is a beautiful pearl. Join the ponies and Spike as they confront danger, make new friends and race to the finish in this shimmering new world!


I wasn’t feeling well earlier this week, so I wasn’t in the mood to read a  book with lots of words.  One that demanded a lot of attention. So  I picked up My Little Pony: Under The Sparkling Sea because, well, it’s My Little Pony!  And I thought the bright, vivid illustrations would cheer me up.  They did! 

Twilight Sparkle and the pony gang are invited to the Annual Aquastria Race by King Leo.   While some of the ponies have to be convinced that a good time will be had by all, they all worry about how they can attend.  Aquastria is located under the water!  Twilight Sparkle quickly reassures them that her magic will overcome all obstacles, like the ability to breathe under water, and soon they are on their way.  They meet many new friends, and are awed by the seaponies’ beautiful city.   They even rescue a few of their new friends!

I wasn’t totally wowed by the story, but the artwork is stunning.  Colorful and detailed, Mary Jane Begin’s illustrations capture the magic and wonderful of Aquastria.  I don’t know much about the My Little Pony characters, other what my niece has excitedly shared when she is on a MLP geek-out, but each of them has a unique, appealing design that incorporates their trademark flowing manes and chunky legs.  Each of them is a distinctive splash of color throughout the book.

While the story isn’t a total dog,  it falters in comparison to the lovely, vibrant artwork.  Still, this lovely rendered picture book will appeal to My Little Pony’s many fans.

Grade:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher