In both text and art, Cole's characteristic wacky humor sparks this fable about a contemporary princess who "enjoyed being a Ms." and finds an ingenious method for retaining her single status. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
PreSchool-Grade 3 Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married; she'd rather live with her pets. Commanded by her parents to find herself a husband, the Princess sets tasks for her horde of suitors. Prince Vertigo is commanded to rescue her from her crystal tower; Prince Grovel's quest is to take the Queen shopping; and so on. All of the potential husbands fail miserably as the gleeful Princess looks onuntil Prince Swashbuckle appears. He accomplishes all of the challenges with resourcefulness and a royal flourish, and is rewarded with a kiss from Her Highness. He's transformed into a gigantic warty toad. When word gets out, Princess Smartypants loses her appeal and so lives happily ever after. Truly comical watercolors in softly glowing colors complement this fairy tale parody perfectly. The Princess wears overalls; among her pets are goofy-looking dragons and other magical beasts. Clever details add to the fun; one of Prince Swashbuckle's medals features a tiny golden pig. Probably more fun for adults than children, this is still an appealing book for budding feminists. It presents a new slant on the traditional fairy tale princess in a light-handed, tongue-in-cheek manner. A refreshing alternative. Lucy Young Clem, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
the message of this book is better suited for school-age kids, not toddlers.Published 1 month ago by Margret
I am listening to a teacher read it to children after lunch right this moment. I love the book but I feel it was a bit more beat up than advertised. Still what a wonderful story.Published 2 months ago by Salowa Salzer
Great book for young girls AND boys! Funny, smart and empowering. I was given this as an adult. I am still wondering WHY my friend's mother gave it to me, but I don't care. Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. Neal
I'm glad I went out and found this to read before I bought it. It's pretty mean spirited, the main character is a spoiled brat, and I don't like the message that a girl has to do... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sophie
The book is literally brand new. Delievery took lot longer than I thought.Published 6 months ago by young hahn