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Princess Peepers Hardcover – September 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1st - 3rd
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761454373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761454373
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Princess Peepers has always been secure in who she is, and is especially fond of her collection of fabulous eyeglasses. That is until she enters the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses. The other royals make fun of her specs, causing her to pack them all away so she can be like everyone else. This leads to all sorts of mistakes: she misidentifies spaghetti as mud and string, the kitchen as the dungeon, animals as people, and a visiting prince as a horse. Luckily, a happy ending is in store for the hapless young woman as she and Prince Peerless, who is not wearing his glasses either, soon see that they are made for each other. Mourning's graphite and digital/collage illustrations combine figures in traditional costumes from different eras with lush backgrounds. The palette of pinks keeps the emphasis on sweet, even when some of the characters are not. Princess Peepers will circulate well and bring laughs during storytimes.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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Review

A sure hit with fans of Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious. --Children's Literature

"...the story feels fresh throughout--no easy feat for a princess book." --Horn Book Guide

Calvert's tale of a bespectacled princess's rocky road to self-acceptance is rollicking good fun. Princess Peepers adores her plethora of eyewear, with what seems to be a pair of glasses for every occasion. However, when she attends the Royal Academy she is astonished to discover her spectacles are far from au courant. In a misguided attempt to satisfy others' expectations and fit in, she doffs her lenses. While the ensuing mishaps are appropriately silly and lighthearted, they do not conceal the compelling message that being true to one's self paves the road to happiness. Mourning's mixed-media illustrations of graphite and digital/collage present an intriguing blend of texture and color. Readers are bound to relish the interplay between what the text describes and the reality of the illustrations as Princess Peepers stumbles about sans specs. The ironic denouement is bound to please princess fans and their practical parents alike. --Kirkus Reviews, August 2008

More About the Author

Pam Calvert is an award winning children's author of many nationally acclaimed picture books. She is best known for her Princess Peepers series--the only princess who wears glasses. Her other titles include her funny math adventures--Multiplying Menace and The Multiplying Menace Divides.

Because she used to be a science teacher as well as a writing instructor/UIL coach, she speaks to thousands of children every year, encouraging them to achieve their dream and to love math through the use of literature. When she is not speaking or writing, you can find her having fun with her family in Texas.

To learn more about her or to book a school visit, go to her website at www.pamcalvert.com.

Customer Reviews

It is fun and we have enjoyed both books.
Amazon Customer
If your little girl is resisting wearing her glasses or you are looking for a princess in glasses - you've found one in Princess Peepers!
MT
We found this treasure at a local library and have read it several times over the past several months.
Kerken

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By T. Maschke on February 13, 2011
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I was looking for a book similiar to "Who Wears Glasses?" the ONLY non-negative book I can find regarding glasses to read to my beautiful 4 year old (who has been wearing glasses since she's 13 months). She has never had a problem keeping her glasses on. She knows she needs them to see. She takes her glasses off only to sleep. So when I read this book, and Princess Peepers goes virtually 90 percent of the book without her glasses, it wasn't amusing because it was written in such a negative manner (other princesses made fun of her for wearing glasses). I'm going to spoil the ending here: The only reason it's OK for Princess Peepers to wear glasses is because at the end she falls into a Prince -- who also has glasses. Every person who recommended the book to me has kids, but the kids don't wear glasses. When it is YOUR kid who is wearing the glasses, this negative story is not so sweet and charming. I read this to my daughter without having read it myself. At the end she said, "I didn't like this book." No wonder. It put images of girls laughing at a person with glasses into her head, and the "shame" associated with wearing glasses. I think this book did more harm than good in my case. Very, very disappointing. If you have a child who wears glasses, buy "Who Wears Glasses?" That is a book that doesn't one have a negative thing to say about wearing glasses. It is so much more uplifting to read when your child has glasses -- both for the child and the parent.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By V. Dixon on May 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My daughter (4 years old) and I checked this book out from our local library. The first night we brought it home, she asked me to read it to her 3 times in a row. We have since then, read the book several times. It is so much fun to read! It is an age appropriate light-hearted story with the moral of treating people nicely no matter how differently they look from you. It gave me the opportunity to reinforce how mean words hurt people's feelings and the importance of acceptance. The "bully" in the book is a pretty princess named Grumbelina. What a great chance to explain that even though Grumbelina was pretty on the outside she sure wasn't very pretty on the inside, which is so much more important. The illustrations are very cute and many of the phrases (ex."Jeepers" cried Peepers) are "catchy". At the end, when Princess Peepers finally accepts who she is (a princess that must wear glasses to function effectively) she is rewarded!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MT on April 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When my 4 year old needed to get glasses she was devastated. She told me that Princesses don't wear glasses. She was so upset that she would need to wear them. This book was recommended to me to get for her. I'm so glad that I did. What a cute book! The illustrations are super and I see so much of princess peeper in my own little girl! If your little girl is resisting wearing her glasses or you are looking for a princess in glasses - you've found one in Princess Peepers!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. York on September 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My daughter is 4 years old and wears glasses and this is one of her favorite books. Even kids that don't wear glasses would enjoy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pamela George on November 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book. I am a teacher and use it in my classroom for various lessons. It's about time that there is a book with a main character that has glasses! I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexis A. Alblas on June 6, 2010
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As a preschool teacher, I ordered this book to help a little girl adjust to life in her new glasses. The family took it home to read and talk about and then we read it at school.

The most amazing thing to me was how our little one adapted to the whole concept of glasses after reading this book. (It helps that she LOVES princesses!!

Thank you Pam Culvert for an amazing book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JulieHaak on February 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What an adorable book and the illustrations are super cute. Princess Peepers is a main charcter that has been much needed...a little girl with glasses, it's about time. My children love this book and enjoy reading it all the time. The word choices are whitty and enjoyable for even adults to read. Thank you Pam Calvert for an amazing book...I am looking forward to the next one soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bmorgan on May 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Loved the book it has a good moral and a funny plot. My 6 year old can't wait to read the next one
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