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A nanny - Mary Poppins' acidic cousin? - outwits a spoiled fusspot using reverse psychology... For readers in the mood for a little menace.
—Kirkus Reviews

Redmond follows in the delightfully subversive footsteps of Shel Silverstein in this tale of Minerva von Vyle, a child so rude and spoiled that she has been through 52 nannies in as many weeks... Redmond’s clever rhyming verse trips off the tongue, and her scratchy, vintage-style illustrations bring to mind a slightly sunnier Edward Gorey.
—School Library Journal

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E. S. Redmond is the author-illustrator of Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo, her debut picture book. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076363445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763634452
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David on February 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Unruly Queen takes reverse psychology to a new high. All the way to the top of Petulant Peak, in fact. My daughter loves this book, in part because she wants to misbehave like Minerva, but mostly because story holds her attention all the way to the end. Plus it has a few inside jokes just for the parents hidden throughout as well. It is a fun read with a good message that never fully lets go of it's dark-ish soul.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on January 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are several things to like about this book, but my personal favorite are the words the author chose. She really stretches with havoc, wreaked, tirade, petulant, treacherous, loathsome, banish, irked, horrendous, and cavernous, among other splendid choices. I love it when children's authors don't dumb down their writing for the kids. The only way to learn new words is to be exposed to them.

Minerva von Vyle is utterly spoiled and impossible to handle. The von Vyles are über wealthy, which means their only child gets whatever she desires, aside from their attention. Minerva creates havoc and makes messes on a daily basis, drawing on the walls, trotting her pink pony down the hallways and making life miserable for the servants. Not even the dog wants to spend any time in her company.

Minerva has blown through fifty-two nannies in exactly fifty-two weeks, wearing them out and driving them away. The fifth-third nanny arrives with a glint in her eye. She places a very fancy crown on Minerva's head, dubbing her "the Unruly Queen." At first the child is delighted to be royalty ... until she discovers what her new royal title entails. The queen will live at dreary Petulant Peak, ruling over the most loathsome creatures, behaving as rudely as she likes.

This nanny is ever so tricky, seemingly disappointed as her charge scoots up to bed without being asked, bathes and readies herself for bed without complaint. A clean, well-behaved little girl simply cannot wear the crown of The Unruly Queen. And that is how Minerva von Vyle stopped acting like a spoiled brat and started to appreciate her privileged life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Jones on September 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Minerva von Vyle was a mischievous child . . ." Actually, I'd say she is an appallingly obnoxious child. Her antics are described in deliciously horrifying detail (making the book rather long.)
She's had 52 nannies in 52 weeks, but the 53rd uses reverse psychology! She tells Minerva that she has come to crown her the Unruly Queen, and she will rule a distant place that is shrouded in darkness and filled with loathsome, loud creatures. She can smash things to bits and throw food on the floor and nobidy's going to care anymore. "But what sort of queen lives with beasts in a cave?" asks Minerva. "The sort," Nanny answered, "who never behaves."
I love children's books written in poetry, and I wish I didn't have to quibble, but flaws in the rhythm will make the reader stumble when reading this aloud, and words that are near misses when it comes to rhyme (wreaked/weeks, down/sounds, chair/prepared) drive me to distraction. The story idea is delightful, however, as are the illustrations, so I would still recommend it to read aloud to children of 5 to 8. Please visit [...] for more of my reviews of children's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ianfitzpatrick on March 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Our three children (girl, 6 and boy & girl, 4) looked forward to this book after a several-year love affair with a well-worn copy of Redmond's Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo and opened it as soon as it arrived last night. We've read it three times already, answered a few questions on vocabulary (never something we mind) and had a few laughs when the story hit close to home.

Redmond treats children and parents as sophisticated, thoughtful creatures, and asks that we play in her world - a world richly-drawn and rooted in the kinds of nuanced, imperfect people to which we can all relate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on June 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In lenghthy rhyme, a beautiful but bratty princess, Minerva von Vyle is finally tamed with reverse psychology from a fearsome nanny and her crew of monsters. This title will draw inevitable comparisons to Mary Poppins. Pen and ink and watercolor illustrations with plenty of cross-hatching and curlique details reminded me a little of a slightly less feminine (read: less pink) version of Fancy Nancy. Gothic touches and a tongue-in-cheek humor keep this book from feeling too didactic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lkfuh on May 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I received this book and immediately read it to my baby. The book is a great read and flows with rhyme. It's fun to see Minerva, the main character, evolve through the story. It's even better to describe the fabulous illustrations on each page. It's an entertaining book for both parent and child. Looking forward to getting more Redmond books to add to my baby's library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joost A Zimmerman on March 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This was our first book by Redmond and loved it immediately as we opened the book. The illustrations are so rich and beatiful. Our kids (5 and 8) spend a lot of time looking at all the drawings. As we started reading they paid close attention to the story from the first page to the last. The book was a real treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley B on March 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoroughly charming book with the most exquisite illustrations - drawn by Redmond herself, I believe. Reminiscent of Tim Burton with touches of Eloise, Redmond's character is exquisitely naughty and adorable at the same time. My children absolutely loved it.
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