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Princess Baby

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by Karen Katz

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Poor baby, no one calls her by her real name! “I am not a buttercup, or a giggly goose. I am not a cupcake. Please don’t call me Little Lamb, and never ever Gum Drop,” she insists. With a curtsy and a twirl, again and again our protagonist makes it abundantly clear who she is. She wears a shiny crown, a fancy dress, sparkly shoes, a velvet cape, and


Poor baby, no one calls her by her real name! “I am not a buttercup, or a giggly goose. I am not a cupcake. Please don’t call me Little Lamb, and never ever Gum Drop,” she insists. With a curtsy and a twirl, again and again our protagonist makes it abundantly clear who she is. She wears a shiny crown, a fancy dress, sparkly shoes, a velvet cape, and glittery jewels. There are more clues too—she dances with princes, has perfect manners, and makes sure that everyone in her kingdom is happy. Her persistence pays off in the end, and even the youngest readers will be cheering, “Princess Baby!”

Want more Princess Baby? Don't miss Princess Baby, Night-Night and Princess Baby on the Go!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The curly-haired and clearly much-adored young heroine is sick and tired of people calling her "Cupcake," "Giggly Goose," "Missy Muffin" and other such sobriquets. After all, her "real name"-and the book's title-should be obvious from her shiny crown (it glitters on the book jacket), or her wand, or her innate sense of noblesse oblige ("I have perfect manners... and make sure that everyone in my kingdom is happy"). Katz's (Counting Kisses) characters are the very definition of pert. They have big round heads and tiny cute eyes, and they frolic on pastel backgrounds of polka dots, clouds and flowers; even the human beings looks like plush toys. Toddler girls just discovering the joys of dress-up should find this as enticing as a glittery petticoat, although the same idea received more astute treatment this past fall in Karma Wilson and Christa Unzner's Princess Me. Ages 1-5. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 3 mo. to 4.

"Why doesn't anyone ever call me by my REAL name?" asks the little girl. She is not Cupcake or Little Lamb or Buttercup. It is always "time for breakfast, Giggly Goose," she complains. "But I am not a buttercup or a giggly goose. I am not a cupcake." She politely requests to be called by her real name. "You'll know me by my shiny crown, my fancy dress and, of course, my royal wand. I am PRINCESS BABY!" The book will be a bit too pink, sparkly, and girly for parents who are hoping to avoid the whole princess thing, and the girl really is a bit obnoxious--but little kids will eat it right up. The painted and drawn illustrations are cute and funny. Really, I feel like a bit of a crank for complaining; it is a sweet book. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer

School Library Journal

PreS- This typically self-absorbed toddler is not amused by the pet names she is called-Buttercup, Cupcake, or Little Lamb. She is greeted each day with endearing phrases such as, "Time for breakfast, Giggly Goose" or "How's my Sweet Gumdrop today?" But as she romps around the house in her floral pajamas, the audience will soon realize her preferred name as she dons her golden crown and glittery jewels. Baby joyously leaps across a spread with clothes a-flying. Katz has drawn the human and stuffed-animal characters with perfectly rounded heads, and she uses other softly curving lines in rendering motions such as a curtsey and arm gestures. The predominate color is fuchsia, while other bright hues complement the rosy tones. The cover attracts attention because the crown and shoes are done in a glittery gold. Toddlers will ask for repeated readings of this cheerful view of a youngster's world.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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Children's Literature - Vicki Coleman
This adorable board book is about a cute imaginative little girl. This book begins by telling you some of the "names" people call this little girl, names she points out that don't fit her at all. She would like everyone to call her by her "real name" which in her eyes is Princess Baby. She even goes on to point out all the things that will help you to identify her as Princess Baby. She will tell you which accessories, actions, and mannerisms show you that she is Princess Baby. This book is perfect to read to little ones. The vibrant colorful pictures in this book capture a little ones' attention while looking at the pages and being read to. The illustrations are age appropriate colored hand drawings and add a great deal to the story.

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Princess Baby Series
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Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Katz is the author and illustrator of many books for children, including Princess Baby; Princess Baby, Night-Night; Princess Baby on the Go!; Counting Kisses; Daddy Hugs; and Toes, Ears and Nose! Her bestselling book is Where Is Baby's Belly Button?, which has sold more than a million copies. Learn more at

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Princess Baby 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very cute book that I bought for my daughter. It is a girly, girl book so if your daughter is a little princess she will be into this book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Poor baby! She's been called everything: Cupcake, Buttercup, Little Lamb, and even Sweet Gumdrop.

Hasn't anyone noticed her shiny crown, fancy dress, sparkly shoes, velvet cape, glittery jewels, or royal wand? What will it take for her parents to call her by her real name, Princess Baby?

Toddlers will be enchanted by the feel of the glittery, sparkly crown on the cover of PRINCESS BABY, and will find a reason to giggle as baby tries to set things right where her name is concerned.

Beginning readers will have no trouble with the easy text, and will have a fun time reading this alone or having it read to them as a bedtime story.
Alayne-Kay-Christian More than 1 year ago
Princess Baby goes through her day longing to be called by her real name. There are over ten endearing nicknames that baby is called but she doesn't want to be called by those names. She wonders, "Why doesn't anyone ever call me by my REAL name?" She knows that all they have to do is pay attention and they would surely discover her real name. This simple little book offers a unique spin on all the pet names people have for babies and the one name that is most important - at least to this baby. The busy, brightly colored illustrations are perfect for holding babies' and toddlers' attention.
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On the last page of this book, Princess Baby (who throughout the story reiterates her need to be refered to as 'Princess Baby', since it is her 'real name') struts down an imaginary red carpet holding her head high, with her doting parents holding her train dutifully behind her. This image brought to mind a true story of parents I knew who played a game like this with their daughter, in which she was the 'queen' and would order her parents around. It was only a game, but it carried over into real life, as the child had pretty significant problems with authority and discipline, especially when coming from her parents. I'm not saying this book will inflate your child's ego and create undisciplined, narcissistic behavior; it's colorful and cute and kids, especially girls, will probably enjoy it without reading too much into Princess Baby's actions. Still, I can't help wondering if the author noticed that Princess Baby is kinda, well, spoiled when she was writing this. I dunno, maybe I'm being too much of a crank...just some food for thought...