From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 5–Child has expanded Andersens tale from a one-page gem into a humorous picture book that will delight the whole family. Color photographs of a cleverly designed, three-dimensional miniature world of dolls reveal wonderful details. The mattresses–all 12 of them–are covered in multi-patterned cloth, tables and cupboards display real china plates, and a mirror reflects a princess sitting in her parlor. The prince says that he wanted to marry for love. In an aside, Child comments, He was just that kind of romantic boy. The prince now tells his parents: I would gladly marry tomorrow but…she must be more mesmerizing than the moon and I must find her more fascinating than all the stars in the sky. And there must be a certain…something about her. The loving king and queen throw a royal ball so that their son can meet all the eligible princesses; unfortunately, not one fills the bill. He then decides to travel far and wide to look for a real princess. It is not until he comes home that she appears at his door. We all know what happens then. Every library will want at least one copy of this fabulously funny and unique book.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA
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K-Gr. 3. The dollhouse crafts and the play are as much fun as the wry storytelling in this exuberant fractured version of the familiar fairy tale. Child adds a little zip to the narrative ("You know what parents are like"), as the king and queen hunt for an appealing princess for their son. Unfortunately, they can't find one--until an adventurous, beautiful young woman takes a walk through the woods on a stormy night and takes shelter in the palace. She is a real beauty ("you know how it is with these fairy tale types"), and the queen tests her by having the servants make up the bed with one tiny green pea beneath 12 feather mattresses. Kids will appreciate both the independent princess and Polly Borland's photos of the child's skillfully crafted, three-dimensional backdrops (with cut-paper characters), which Child briefly talks about at the end of the book. Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved