Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut

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Presenting Princess Prunella. Proud, prissy, and pretty, and unhappily very spoiled, she lives in a pink palace with her pinheaded parents, her three plump pussycats, and her prize puppy dog, Pug. Her passion? Her very own person. Her aspiration? To marry a pinheaded prince with piles of pin money, who will praise and pamper her. From Margaret Atwood--the novelist, poet, short story writer and author of such contemporary bestsellers as The Handmaid's Tale and The Robber Bride--comes a modern fairy tale with a ...
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Presenting Princess Prunella. Proud, prissy, and pretty, and unhappily very spoiled, she lives in a pink palace with her pinheaded parents, her three plump pussycats, and her prize puppy dog, Pug. Her passion? Her very own person. Her aspiration? To marry a pinheaded prince with piles of pin money, who will praise and pamper her. From Margaret Atwood--the novelist, poet, short story writer and author of such contemporary bestsellers as The Handmaid's Tale and The Robber Bride--comes a modern fairy tale with a classic message. Illustrated with elegant humor by Maryann Kovalski, Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut revels in the smart-alecky humor of its impertinent heroine and an alliteration of p's that gives the story a tongue-twisting energy with surprises at every turn. Children, and adults who love reading to children, will love reading princess prunella in the same way that they love reading Dr. Suess for the sheer fun of the language. But there's something more, too, as a born storyteller creates, with the mere choice of a word, an indelibly lively portrait of a spoiled little girl who is about to get her much-deserved comeuppance. Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club.

53,000 copies in print.

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Pampered, spoiled, and utterly vain, Princess Prunella cares about nothing but her pocket mirror and her peppermints. An old begger woman, to whom Prunella is predictably rude, gives Prunella a curse: unless the princess performs three unselfish deeds, she shall have a purple peanut on the end of her nose. By the time the peanut grows to the size of a pumpkin, Prunella is ready to change her ways. A plethora of P's are packed into this pleasing tale.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Canadian literary icon Atwood takes a break from serious fiction and cuts loose with this deliciously silly romp. Preoccupied with her own prettiness, Prunella, a positive pill of a princess, passes her time peering into a pocket mirror to see her perfect dimples; planning nuptials with a prince who has piles of pin money; and producing pandemonium for her pained parents, pets and the parlor maids paid to pick up after her. She gets her comeuppance when she provokes a ``wrinkly-wristed'' wise woman, who places on the princess's proboscis a purple peanut that won't go away until she performs three good deeds. All's well that ends well, however, and prudence wins out over pride. The fun is infectious, and greatly amplified by Kovalski's (Pizza for Breakfast) droll illustrations. It's also a particularly pleasing read-aloud, as Atwood's outrageous alliteration ("for supper she fed Prunella some parsley and paprika soup, a pile of potted pigeon and pickerel pancakes, and some pepper and porridge preserve, on a pretty plate patterned with pendulous poppies") proves irresistible. Perfectly peachy. Ages 5-8. (Dec.)
Hazel Rochman
Princess Prunella is proud, prissy, and pretty. She plans to marry a rich, pinheaded prince who will praise her and pamper her. But a Wise Woman puts a spell on Prunella, and the princess sprouts a purple peanut on her nose, which disappears only when she gives up her spoiled, selfish ways. Atwood's funny parody mocks many of the old traditional tales, especially the "Princess and the Pea." The story also laughs at everyone's certainty that the pimple on your nose is a lurid monstrosity. Kids will enjoy the alliterative wordplay, though it does get to be a bit much at times, like a cute private joke played out too long. You find yourself skipping some of the lists. In contrast, the moments of spare prose are dramatic: "You are not pretty inside, just as I am not poor," the Wise Woman tells the princess. Kovalski's line-and-watercolor pictures evoke a Marie Antoinette style palace, with wry images and slapstick action that ridicule the pretension and subvert the silly surfaces. Kids will enjoy this feminist fractured fairy tale farce.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761101666
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 10.08 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret  Atwood

Margaret Atwood is best known as the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her most recent novel, The Robber Bride, was published in 1993, and her newest collection of poetry, Morning in the Burned House, was published in 1995. She has written three other children's books, Anna's Pet (with Joyce Barkhouse), Up in the Tree, and For the Birds. She lives in Toronto, Canada.

Aryann Kovalski has written and illustrated over twenty-five highly acclaimed books, including The Wheels on the Bus, Jingle Bells, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and Pizza for Breakfast. Maryann Kovalski makes her home in Toronto, Canada.

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    1. Hometown:
      Toronto, Ontario
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 18, 1939
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ottawa, Ontario
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2002

    Personally, Princess Prunella is Perfectly Phenomenal

    I heard the story of Princess Prunella for the first time on NPR about 5 or 6 years ago. My parents loved it so much, they named our cat Princess Prunella. This is a wonderful book filled with alliteration that kids and adults, alike, will enjoy! For teachers, this can gives children a chance to work on pronunciation skills while developing their reading abilities. I would recommend it to everyone, whether or not you have contact with children.

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