From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—As her tired parents lead their prancing little girl off to bed, all three become transformed into royal personages via the hall mirror. What follows is a fantasy bedtime routine in which the little princess, home from the ball, climbs the palace stairs and enters her royal bed chamber where "a frothy glass of milk with chocolate cream éclairs" await her. A servant draws her royal bath, ladies-in-waiting sing a lullaby, and there's a bedtime story, too. Most magical of all, the two royals who attend the princess become parents again, just in time for a good-night kiss. "Every...shade of pink—/mauve and peach and rose," the princess's favorites, predominate in Small's humorous watercolor and crayon cartoon spreads. The family dog rolls its eyes as the little girl begins her routine. She bathes in a swan-shaped tub and sleeps in a vast room complete with an ornate, canopied bed. The child is all motion and delight as she savors her many amenities. The rhyming text is brief and will be more thoroughly enjoyed by youngsters who have some knowledge of fairy tales. The princess polishes her glass slippers and kisses her frog, Prince, while her dad searches under the mattress for peas. This is a good choice for parents seeking a bedtime story for their aspiring princesses. Karma Wilson's Princess Me
(S & S, 2007) can add even more royal pleasure.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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About the Author
Naomi Howland is the author and illustrator of several children's books, including ABCDrive!; Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat; and The Matzah Man. A painter and printmaker, she earned a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Naomi raised two princesses and one prince in Claremont, California.
David Small is the illustrator of more than forty picture books. His drawings have appeared regularly in the New Yorker and the New York Times, and his books have been translated into several languages and made into animated films and musicals. David won a Caldecott Honor and the Christopher Medal for The Gardener, written by his wife, Sarah Stewart, and the Caldecott Medal for So You Want to be President? by Judith St. George. David and Sarah make their home in an 1833 manor house on a bend of the St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan.