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Princess Peepers gets an unusual pet just in time for the royal pet show

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Publishers Weekly
The Royal Academy of Perfect Princesses is having a pet show, and firm rules allowing only "pets with two or four legs," coupled with community standards that deem only cuddly pets as worthy, has ruled out Princess Peepers's first choices of bugs or a frog. Searching the forest for another candidate, the princess loses her glasses and stumbles on what she thinks is a flying unicorn. Needless to say, it is not—but it does have four legs, and it ultimately earns the befuddled Princess Peepers "The Most Unusual Pet Award." In Princess Peepers (2008), Calvert and Mourning's bespectacled fashionista/tomboy prided herself on going rogue. But in this wan, sluggish follow-up, she's more Mr. Magoo. The jokes have predictable, myopic punch lines ("Your fur feels like it's caked with hard, scaly mud!" she tells her new pet), and the creature is so harmlessly adorable that there's never any doubt as to whether the Academy will accept it. If Princess Peepers really is the individualist that the authors claim she is, doesn't she deserve to épater le bourgeois with something a little edgier? Ages 5–9. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Given how syrupy Princess tales can be, Princess Peepers is treat. In her first adventure she established herself at the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses despite having to wear glasses This time around, there will be an academy pet show and the other princesses rule out Peepers first choice of a dragonfly as a pet (no insects) and then a frog (too slimy). Once again, this tale turns on the misperceptions that happen when Peepers glasses break as she continues her search in the forest. Her blurred vision turns to her advantage as she mistakes a fire breathing dragon for a unicorn and flies her new friend in just in time for the pet show performance. And in the end, the Princess wins the prize for the most unusual pet. The language in the tale is lively and Tuesday Mourning's bright graphic digital collage illustrations fit this perfectly perky princess. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Princess Peepers and her oversize specs return for another misadventure. This time, the nonconforming protagonist needs to find a pet to enter in the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses pet show. Her stuck-up classmates reprimand Peepers when she brings a bee and a frog to school, so she heads to the forest in search of a cuddly animal. When she accidentally trips and loses her glasses, she stumbles upon what she thinks is a flying unicorn. Her find turns out to be a dragon that wins the Most Unusual Pet Award. The predictable story is accompanied by colorful spreads that alternate with episodic drawings containing lots of white space. The stylized characters are drawn with skinny arms and legs topped by huge heads that allow Princess Peepers's snobby classmates to show their distaste via their annoyed facial expressions. Girls who are crazy about princesses may enjoy this story, but it's an additional purchase.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761458159
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Even better than the first

    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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