Horn Book Guide
Princess Peepers adores her glasses, but after her peers razz her about them, she tries (futilely) to function specs-free; Mourning's visuals, heavy with purples and pinks, deliver the slapstick. Peepers reconsiders her specs for a less than practical reason (the prince wears them, too), but the story feels fresh throughoutno easy feat for a princess book.
Children's Literature - Sharon Oliver
Princess Peepers loves to wear her glasses and has a pair for every occasion. But when Peepers shows up for class at the Royal Academy, the other princesses make fun of her for wearing glasses. When an invitation to a royal ball arrives, Peepers hides all of her glasses so she will not be different from the other princesses. After a few humorous bumblings from the now visually-impaired Peepers, she accidentally heads to a tower room instead of the ballroom for the dance. While practicing her dance steps, "she whirred and whizzed and bobbled and blurred right out the window!" and right on top of Prince Peerless. It turns out that Peerless wears glasses as well and, "It was love at first sight, after they put on their glasses!" This is the perfect story to share with every little girl who hates her glasses. Peepers blurry adventures are sure to entertain, as she mistakes a horse for a fellow princess, a dog for the school's Grand Matron, and dresses herself in quite remarkable fashion. Mourning's illustrations, heavy on the pink and purple, provide the perfect princess setting for the story. A sure hit with fans of Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious. Reviewer: Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
Princess Peepers has always been secure in who she is, and is especially fond of her collection of fabulous eyeglasses. That is until she enters the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses. The other royals make fun of her specs, causing her to pack them all away so she can be like everyone else. This leads to all sorts of mistakes: she misidentifies spaghetti as mud and string, the kitchen as the dungeon, animals as people, and a visiting prince as a horse. Luckily, a happy ending is in store for the hapless young woman as she and Prince Peerless, who is not wearing his glasses either, soon see that they are made for each other. Mourning's graphite and digital/collage illustrations combine figures in traditional costumes from different eras with lush backgrounds. The palette of pinks keeps the emphasis on sweet, even when some of the characters are not. Princess Peepers will circulate well and bring laughs during storytimes.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
Calvert's tale of a bespectacled princess's rocky road to self-acceptance is rollicking good fun. Princess Peepers adores her plethora of eyewear, with what seems to be a pair of glasses for every occasion. However, when she attends the Royal Academy she is astonished to discover her spectacles are far from au courant. In a misguided attempt to satisfy others' expectations and fit in, she doffs her lenses. While the ensuing mishaps are appropriately silly and lighthearted, they do not conceal the compelling message that being true to one's self paves the road to happiness. Mourning's mixed-media illustrations of graphite and digital/collage present an intriguing blend of texture and color. Readers are bound to relish the interplay between what the text describes and the reality of the illustrations as Princess Peepers stumbles about sans specs. The ironic denouement is bound to please princess fans and their practical parents alike. (Picture book. 5-9)