Jake Gosselin wants your daughters to put aside their princess ambitions and face their fears.
He and his wife, Laura, created The Pinkaboos, a girl-powered adventure series designed to help children ages 7 to 10 conquer their fears and self doubt. He speaks about his work and inspiration, and how he hopes he and his wife can develop a more evolved approach to writing for and about girls on the latest Modern Dads Podcast.
“We were also exhausted of the media available to her as we navigated through the mine fields of princesses, Bratz Dolls, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty … and all the other warped depictions of the female experience targeted at young girls. So we created a new world for our little girl to love,” he and his wife state on their website. “In the world of The Pinkaboos, there are no love interests or “happily ever afters” courtesy of marriage. No one is saved by true love’s kiss. In the world of The Pinkaboos, little girls fight their fears and learn how to be brave.”
The Pinkaboos stories take place in The Land of Frights, where best friends Bitterly, Abyssma, and Belladonna attend Fright School, a magical academy that teaches young Frights how to enter the dreams of little human girls and help them overcome their nightmares. These strong, independent female characters face issues that girls can relate to, like dealing with bullies and not fitting in, says the author’s website.
The books have received positive reviews, notable from Kirkus Reviews: “A compelling story that just might teach young readers something about facing their fears of things that go ‘bump’ in the night.”
Jake Gosselin and his wife live in California with their daughter, Molly, and dog, Chewbacca.