Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten

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Follow the pink glittery trail of yarn with Princess Penelope as you search for her runaway kitten!

Princess Penelope’s kitten got tangled up in her mother’s yarn and then scampered off! Join Princess Penelope as she follows the pink glittery trail through the castle to the courtyard maze and stables as she searches for her runaway kitten. Graphic artwork from a rising star in children’s books paired with a bouncy rhyme and fun visual search ...

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Overview

Follow the pink glittery trail of yarn with Princess Penelope as you search for her runaway kitten!

Princess Penelope’s kitten got tangled up in her mother’s yarn and then scampered off! Join Princess Penelope as she follows the pink glittery trail through the castle to the courtyard maze and stables as she searches for her runaway kitten. Graphic artwork from a rising star in children’s books paired with a bouncy rhyme and fun visual search will make this a favorite for princesses of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
The sparkly, embossed trail of pink yarn that loops through Murray’s (Little Mouse) extended chase story is its most distinctive feature. While Princess Penelope’s mother sits knitting, Kitty becomes entangled in the yarn and dashes off. Penelope and her dog follow the path of yarn the kitten leaves behind as she zooms through the palace and then scoots outdoors, where other animals join the hunt. Readers never lose sight of Kitty, so there’s no suspense as to her whereabouts, and while the verse has a lively meter, the rhyming is largely flat: “Penelope followed. ‘Oh, please come back, Kitty!/ The yarn will be ruined, and it was so pretty!’ ” Featuring plenty of pink (in backdrops, as well as Penelope’s flouncy skirt and polka-dot boots), the digital art has a matte finish, which lets the glittery yarn pop. And the rambunctious kitten’s scurrying—she navigates a maze of bushes and climbs onto a horse’s mane—leaves a zigzag of yarn for children to trace. The disclosure of Kitty’s final destination makes for a sweet, if somewhat anticlimactic ending. Ages 3–7. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
At home in Royaltown Palace, Princess Penelope is bored and wants to play. Since her parents are busy, she decides to engage the mischievous kitten. The kitten, it seems, has other ideas. With a glittery red string tangled around his tummy, he takes off—leaving a glittering trail for Penelope to follow. Along the way, the kitten creates quite a mess and accumulates quite a following: Penelope, Doggy, a peacock, a bunny, a goose, and more. Readers will not be able to resist tracing their fingers along the tactile path. (Fortunately the glitter does not come off, even under brisk rubbing.) Murray's illustrations have a classic touch, evocative of original-edition drawings of Emily Elizabeth and Clifford the Big Red Dog. The large print, rhymed text fit with this book's young audience. A simple, and amusing tale. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
12/01/2013
PreS-K—In this slight story, a princess follows her kitten, tangled in yarn, all around the house and into the garden until the kitten finds his mother. Preschoolers will be drawn to the cover of this book, resplendent with a glittery, hot pink-colored string of yarn created with puffy-textured ink. The kitten winds his way throughout the pages, upsetting dishes and eluding capture, to the warm conclusion. Rhymed couplets and large font will aid those children who may be just beginning to read. While this book is not a first purchase, many children will be tickled pink with Princess Penelope's fuschia tutu and polka-dot boots to match.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-02
In this amusing if slight tale, a runaway kitten leads Princess Penelope on a merry chase through the palace, leaving chaos in his wake. Princess Penelope wants to play with the mischievous kitten with wool wrapped around his tummy, but the frisky pet takes off. The princess must search for him; luckily, he has left a trail of yarn behind him. In a gimmicky but brilliant (literally) hook, the string appears in glitter-glue pink. Rhyming lines, some forced, describe the princess's hunt for the kitten. The narrative, much like the kitten, sometimes takes unexpected jumps, but tots following the line of yarn will find the visual clues they need to fill in the lapses. Detail-oriented children will notice that other creatures join the chase: the dog, birds and a rabbit freed from their cages by the kitten when he passed, a peacock and squirrel from the garden, the duck from the stable. The topsy-turvy commotion the kitten causes in each location is sure to provoke some giggles. All the action is captured in digital art with a retro, block-print look featuring bold shapes and matte pastel colors, with a special emphasis on pink. In the end, the unaware, worn-out, too-cute kitten is found innocently cuddling with his mother. Not quite a seamless romp, but certain youngsters will be drawn to the glitter like iron filings to a magnet. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763669522
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 12/24/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 362,490
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Murray studied textile and interactive media design. After graduating, she moved to London where she did a variety of jobs, including selling books and designing rugs, before cofounding a successful interactive media company. She now mainly works as an illustrator and author of picture books, but still dabbles with interactive media and web design. She has published several books, including Hickory Dickory Dog. Alison Murray lives in Scotland with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Wonderful! A book my daughter and I can enjoy together! We have

    Wonderful! A book my daughter and I can enjoy together! We have fun following the glitter yarn with our fingers while reading the story! 

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