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Princess Says Goodnight

by Naomi Howland, David Small
     
 

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When a little girl pretends she's a real princess, her imagination soars and her bedtime routine is transformed into a majestic affair. While practicing curtsies on her way to bed, she gets the royal treatment: chocolate cream Éclairs, glass slippers, ladies-in-waiting, a tiara—even a bubble bath with a special fluffy towel to dry her toes. Being a

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When a little girl pretends she's a real princess, her imagination soars and her bedtime routine is transformed into a majestic affair. While practicing curtsies on her way to bed, she gets the royal treatment: chocolate cream Éclairs, glass slippers, ladies-in-waiting, a tiara—even a bubble bath with a special fluffy towel to dry her toes. Being a princess is so much fun! But at bedtime, there's one thing a little girl—or a princess—always gets: a kiss before saying goodnight.

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Publishers Weekly
Princess wannabes will adore Howland’s (Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat) spirited heroine as she waltzes through bedtime imagining herself and her family in a royal palace. The story begins with illustrations of an ordinary, modern family, but when the redheaded girl sees herself in a hallway mirror, she is transformed into the princess she imagines herself to be. Her bookish brother becomes a jester, and her royal parents still take time to fluff her pillows and tuck her in. Like Fancy Nancy, Princess is drawn to frilliness (and “every pretty shade of pink”), but Small’s (Stitches) enchanting watercolors are comparatively subdued, in keeping with the bedtime mood. The rhymed text is a series of questions (“Will Princess hang her tiara/ on the bedpost overnight?/ Does she get a bedtime story/ before turning off the light?”), and the ending returns to the ordinary family home as Princess says, “Goodnight!” Sweet and disarmingly infectious without being cloying, this is a bedtime story full of joy and imagination. Ages 4-7. (May)
Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
Written in delightful interrogative poetry, this bedtime book explores how a princess prepares for bed. The first question is, "At the palace in the nighttime/when the princess leaves the ball/is she practicing her curtsies/while dancing down the hall?" The accompanying illustrations show a modern little girl looking in the mirror and seeing her reflection as a princess, with her parents experiencing the same transformation as they pass the mirror on the next page. The princess goes through various bedtime rituals, such as eclairs and milk, counting sheep, wishing upon a star, taking a bubble bath, fluffing her pillows, brushing her hair and teeth, hearing a story and song, and getting a kiss. There are three allusions to classic fairy tales: Cinderella's glass slipper, the princess' pea under the mattress, and the frog prince. Although the text is superb—fun to read out loud with fun concepts to think about—the illustrations are not compelling. They are clever in showing that this frog prince is a stuffed animal and that her bubble bath is in the shape of a giant swan, but the characters' faces lack expression and distinctiveness. On some pages there is too much white space. It's not until the very end that we really get a good, close-up look at the princess's face, and it's that kind of clarity that would make the book more intriguing. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—As her tired parents lead their prancing little girl off to bed, all three become transformed into royal personages via the hall mirror. What follows is a fantasy bedtime routine in which the little princess, home from the ball, climbs the palace stairs and enters her royal bed chamber where "a frothy glass of milk with chocolate cream éclairs" await her. A servant draws her royal bath, ladies-in-waiting sing a lullaby, and there's a bedtime story, too. Most magical of all, the two royals who attend the princess become parents again, just in time for a good-night kiss. "Every...shade of pink—/mauve and peach and rose," the princess's favorites, predominate in Small's humorous watercolor and crayon cartoon spreads. The family dog rolls its eyes as the little girl begins her routine. She bathes in a swan-shaped tub and sleeps in a vast room complete with an ornate, canopied bed. The child is all motion and delight as she savors her many amenities. The rhyming text is brief and will be more thoroughly enjoyed by youngsters who have some knowledge of fairy tales. The princess polishes her glass slippers and kisses her frog, Prince, while her dad searches under the mattress for peas. This is a good choice for parents seeking a bedtime story for their aspiring princesses. Karma Wilson's Princess Me (S & S, 2007) can add even more royal pleasure.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
Kirkus Reviews
How would a little girl go to bed if she were a princess? This is the question posed and answered in this pretty bit of fantasy that jumps on the princess-in-pink bandwagon. Readers follow the young "princess" as she looks into her hallway mirror one evening and starts to imagine her bedtime routine as if she were royalty. The narrative is structured as a series of rhyming questions: "[W]hen Princess leaves the ball, // is she practicing her curtsies / while dancing down the hall?" She eats eclairs, takes a bubble bath, wears a feathered bathrobe and indulges in similar pleasures on her way to bed. Small's bright and flowing watercolors capture the appropriate amount of fluff and whimsy and include plenty of delicious pinks and purples. Like a big, frosted cupcake with sprinkles, this confection will be irresistible to Princess fans, but after it's gobbled up, the memory won't last long. There's no question it will infuse a bedtime routine with some fun, but it proves you can judge a book by its cover. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061455254
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Naomi Howland is the author and illustrator of several children's books, including ABCDrive!; Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat; and The Matzah Man. A painter and printmaker, she earned a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Naomi raised two princesses and one prince in Claremont, California.

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