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It's safe to say that Peepers curtsies to a different drummer at the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses. She fails to conform to the dainty interests the other girls enjoy. The students follow social mores to a T, but Peepers crashes the tea party on her skateboard and dangles upside down to strengthen her posture. When the students plan a pet show, Peepers hopes to find a suitable selection; unfortunately, her potential entries exude too much slime or bear too many appendages to be popular choices. As in her first, self-titled adventure (2008), the absence of Peepers' glasses leads to disastrous results. She falls upon a fantastic creature she mistakenly identifies as a dirty, fire-breathing, winged unicorn, which she brings us her entry in the competition. Peepers' quirks reveal a sympathetic character; her internal musings and wistful dialogue demonstrate her longing for acceptance. Buttressed by details ("watching dragonflies buzz always helped her think"), Peepers' personality comes through loud and clear. The emphasis here is on social differences instead of physical ones; the royal waifs' uniformly slim stature does little to promote acceptance of varied body images. Digital painting and graphite merge with bold collage images to glossy effect, and elongated limbs provide a whimsical nuance. It's a light regal romp, forgoing the need for any extra pomp or circumstance.(Picture book. 4-7)
Posted March 7, 2011
Pam Calvert and Tuesday Mourning have succeeded in making a book that is even better than the first. My four year old thinks that Princess Peepers Picks a Pet is hilarious and has requested me to read this book over 20 times in the last 5 days. I appreciate that Princess Peepers is witty and although a princess, has her own ideas and preferences. My daughter has had glasses since she was 2 and I am so glad to have found such a book with a beautiful, funny princess as the main character. It is nice and rare to have a book where the princess wears glasses and has such a positive outlook on life.
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Posted March 1, 2011
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