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Princess Peepers

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Princess Peepers loves wearing her glasses—until the other princesses at school make fun of her. What can Princess Peepers do? Take off her glasses! But that leads the princess into all kinds of trouble. Can she prove she doesn’t need her glasses and get to the ball in time to dance with the prince? Find out in this hilarious story, as Princess Peepers changes the rules of cool around the castle!

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Overview

Princess Peepers loves wearing her glasses—until the other princesses at school make fun of her. What can Princess Peepers do? Take off her glasses! But that leads the princess into all kinds of trouble. Can she prove she doesn’t need her glasses and get to the ball in time to dance with the prince? Find out in this hilarious story, as Princess Peepers changes the rules of cool around the castle!

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Editorial Reviews

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 throughout—no 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

K-Gr 3

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

Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761459897
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 303,472
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    LOVE this book for my princess in glassess

    Pam Calvert has written a much needed book that highlights the beauty and wit of being a princess in glasses. My four year old loved this book and was delighted that she wore glasses. She had wanted to take her glasses off when playing dress-up as "no princesses wear glasses" Now, the glasses stay on! Her favorite part is when Princess peepers mistakes the Dog for the Grand Matron, she laughes every time we read it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Ah, the perfect marriage. Not necessarily between a prince and a

    Ah, the perfect marriage. Not necessarily between a prince and a princess, but between the writing and the illustration. Tuesday Mourning's illustrations are light, bright and a little silly, and the perfect match for Pam Calvert's writing which is also light, bright and a little silly.
    I bought this purple and pink princess book for my sixteen-month-old son for three reasons. First, Pam Calvert offered to send me bookplate signed for my son, and I'm a sucker for a signed book or bookplate. Second, I started wearing glasses when I was six -- I probably needed them when I was four, but that is another story -- and my husband wears glasses, so there is a good chance that our little boy's beautiful blue eyes will one day become nearsighted. And third, I don't believe in "gender" books. If we adhered to "gender" books, half of the population would never read "Huckleberry Finn", and the other half would never read "Alice in Wonderland", and since they both have been banned books, don't you want to read them now to see what all the fuss was about? 
    Anyway, don't shy away from this purple and pink princess book for a little boy. A good story is a good story, no matter who the protagonist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2010

    Best for children who are self-conscious about glasses

    My 4 year old asked me why no princesses wear glasses. After searching and reading reviews, I discovered "Princess Peepers". I bought it without reading it first. Unfortunately, while the story ends happily, it brings up teasing and name calling of the princess wearing glasses. My daughter had never been teased or exposed to this before so I cut out the pages where the other princesses call her names. She still picked up on the gist of the story being that glasses were "different" and therefore girls didn't appreciate them. That night, for the first time ever, she refused to wear her glasses. So, it kind of backfired for us. I think that if you have a child who experiences teasing or is self-conscious about glasses, it's a great book. But, it wasn't quite right for our daughter.

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