Princess Penelope's Parrot

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Spoiled Princess Penelope cannot get her new parrot to talk, even after threatening it and calling it nasty names. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the parrot gets revenge on the greedy princess in a hilarious and fitting conclusion.

An arrogant and greedy princess's chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

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Overview

Spoiled Princess Penelope cannot get her new parrot to talk, even after threatening it and calling it nasty names. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the parrot gets revenge on the greedy princess in a hilarious and fitting conclusion.

An arrogant and greedy princess's chances with a handsome prince are ruined when her parrot repeats to him all the rude comments the princess has made.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It's Penelope's birthday, and decked out in a dress that has "ruffles on its ruffles on its ruffles," the ultra-spoiled princess is naturally getting everything she wants, including mouthfuls of cake, a 16-wheeler bike and jewel-studded roller blades. One gift, however, refuses to fit into Penelope's game plan: a bright green parrot, who is so appalled by its new owner's greediness that it refuses to speak. Penelope fumes at the bird, but the joke is on her: everything she says to it comes back to haunt her at a most inauspicious moment. There may be no one more adroit at wryly depicting childish petulance than Munsinger, while Lester's storytelling calls to mind the dry wit of a Thurber. Shrewdly, author and artist punish Penelope but they do not reform her; they will tickle their readers with their antiheroine's irremediably bad behavior. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An ultra-spoiled royal receives a pet parrot for her birthday; the parrot is so appalled by the girl's greediness that it refuses to speak to her. "There may be no one more adroit at wryly depicting childish petulance than Munsinger, while Lester's storytelling calls to mind the dry wit of a Thurber," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Alexandria LaFaye
Brought to readers by the duo that created Tacky the Penguin, this quirky picture book introduces new utterly unique characters in a wild twist on traditional fairy tale motifs. Princess Penelope is a spoiled rotten princess who has everything, including a heaping helping of vanity, but she still wants more. She covets a plucky green parrot that refuses to speak even when she hurls threats upon it. The parrot doesn't talk until a prince arrives to court the princess, then it spews out every awful thing Penelope has said to it. The young prince believes it is Penelope hurling the insults at him, so he flees. In the ruckus that follows, the parrot escapes to live "happily ever after" with the prince. There is no grand transformation of the unruly princess; she simply continues her life as she did before by being selfish, greedy, and vain. This funny re-envisioning of fairy tale motifs will surprise, entertain, and tickle young readers with its funny plot and hilarious illustrations.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2When an arrogant princess celebrates her birthday, her favorite gift is a parrot in a gilded cage atop her seven-layer llama's butter birthday cake. The spiteful bird, however, refuses her commands to speak. The princess, who is not used to having her wishes ignored, becomes irate and unleashes a tirade of angry words, but gets her comeuppance when the wealthiest young prince in the land comes to woo her. The parrot, who has been observing in stoney silence, lets loose with all the rude remarks she has directed at him, until the abashed suitor bolts in alarm. The delightfully droll humor is carried out in whimsical watercolor illustrations that capture the snooty personalities and moods of the two young royals.Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
From the Publisher
"Munsinger's vibrant, expressive watercolors give both bird and human so much vigor and personality it will be hard to keep from laughing out loud." Booklist, ALA
 
"...delightfully droll..." SLJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618138456
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/23/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 485,252
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have collaborated on many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat, as well as the new Laugh-Along series. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York. Lynn Munsinger has lived in Vermont and Connecticut, devoting her time to freelance illustration.

http://www.helenlester.com/

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