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Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten Hardcover – December 24, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow (December 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763669520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763669522
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-K-In this slight story, a princess follows her kitten, tangled in yarn, all around the house and into the garden until the kitten finds his mother. Preschoolers will be drawn to the cover of this book, resplendent with a glittery, hot pink-colored string of yarn created with puffy-textured ink. The kitten winds his way throughout the pages, upsetting dishes and eluding capture, to the warm conclusion. Rhymed couplets and large font will aid those children who may be just beginning to read. While this book is not a first purchase, many children will be tickled pink with Princess Penelope's fuschia tutu and polka-dot boots to match.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Princess Penelope is bored and unable to attract the attention of her mother and father, who are knitting and reading, respectively. Penelope decides to make friends with the kitten who has become tangled in the queen’s yarn. The kitten immediately runs away from the young princess, prompting a chase through the castle and grounds. Murray’s stylized, brightly colored illustrations and buoyant rhymes will delight young readers and make for an enjoyable read-along experience, as they trace the raised lines of the pink, glittery yarn up and down stairs, under tables, and through hedge mazes, entangling butlers, chefs, maids, and gardeners as Penelope is hot on the trail of the runaway kitten. The explanation for the kitten’s adventure (he’s looking for his mother) brings this charming story to a satisfying conclusion. Fans of the Disney princesses, Jane O’Connor’s Fancy Nancy books and Victoria Kann’s Pinkalicious series will adore Princess Penelope and her mischievous kitten. Preschool-Grade 1. --Magan Szwarek

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There are lots of fun details all done up in Murray's signature style that always has such a charming retro feel.
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Her parents told me it is now her favorite and they have to read it over and over.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the GreatReads! TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten is a delightful paper-over-board book designed primarily for kids 3 – 7 years. As the title suggests, it is about a polka-dot-boot wearing princess who is chasing a sugar-white kitten. Kids will tremendously enjoy the fun and treasure this amusing adventure.
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“Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten” written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Alison Murray is a story about one little princess chase for a mischievous kitten.

Princess Penelope wanted to make friends with a little cat that was playing with her mother's yarn. But the small cat will run away and little princess will go after her following the pink trail all over the castle…

“Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten” is written in rhymes and illustrated with colorful pictures full of details that makes tracing of pink yarn across each two-page spread very interesting to young readers with their small fingers.

Therefore if you looking for nicely designed easy to read children book that will occupy your kid for some time while together chasing the small cat all through the castle, this one could be a good choice, especially if your toddler loves cats.
On the other head, it’s not appropriate for bedtime story, because it stimulates the kid action, and not sleeping.
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By Anna on July 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover
What a great book for our own little Penelope! I was delighted to find this book at our library all about a Princess (with the same name as our daughter) and a mischievous kitten. The glitter yarn trail is fun to trace with your finger and even my 3 year old son loves it. Great book! I just hope my kiddos don't think it's ok to pull my yarn all around the house now too. :) We have a strict " no pulling moms yarn policy."
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By Jodie Bawcom on April 22, 2014
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The babies name is Penelope. They have a cat that the baby loves to chase after. Very appropriate.Parents happy with purchase.
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By JoEllen Schumacher on March 2, 2014
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This is a sweet story about a cat with alot of energy. The princes make it a fun chase through the castle.
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By wilmo on February 15, 2014
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My 2yr old girl loves this. Cute animations of kitty following yarn until she ends at mommy cat. Very colorful
And pages have slight texture where yarn is drawn. High quality printing. Animations stylized as modern cutie :)
It's a favorite in our household.
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By Nana Nancy on February 13, 2014
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I didn't think there was much to the story when I firs read it, but my six year old granddaughter loves the book. The pictures are very detailed and my granddaughter notices everything. My granddaughter loves cats, which is why I got the book to begin with,so she thought the ending of the book was very special.
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Let's see... I have a kitten and a 3 year old daughter named Penelope who likes princesses. Needless to say, my daughter thinks this book was written specifically for her. While the rhyme scheme can be a bit wonky and times (really, rhyming "knitting" with "kitten"?) it is otherwise a delightful read that has been made a semi regular part of our bedtime routine. The illustrations are adorable and my daughter loves the raised edge of the sparkling yarn that she can trace with her finger. As a children's librarian I think this one will also be a hit with our preschool storytime kids, though they will miss out on the tactile experience of following the yarn across the page.
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