Princess Smartypants

Princess Smartypants

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by Babette Cole
     
 

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Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. and she wants to live in the castle with her pets and do exactly as she pleases. Because she is very pretty and very rich, all the princes want her to be their Mrs. So Princess Smartypants has to think up some very clever ways of dealing with unwanted suitors in this hilarious…  See more details below

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Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. and she wants to live in the castle with her pets and do exactly as she pleases. Because she is very pretty and very rich, all the princes want her to be their Mrs. So Princess Smartypants has to think up some very clever ways of dealing with unwanted suitors in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In both text and art, Cole's characteristic wacky humor sparks this fable about a contemporary princess who ``enjoyed being a Ms.'' and finds an ingenious method for retaining her single status. Ages 4-8. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married; she'd rather live with her pets. Commanded by her parents to find herself a husband, the Princess sets tasks for her horde of suitors. Prince Vertigo is commanded to rescue her from her crystal tower; Prince Grovel's quest is to take the Queen shopping; and so on. All of the potential husbands fail miserably as the gleeful Princess looks onuntil Prince Swashbuckle appears. He accomplishes all of the challenges with resourcefulness and a royal flourish, and is rewarded with a kiss from Her Highness. He's transformed into a gigantic warty toad. When word gets out, Princess Smartypants loses her appeal and so lives happily ever after. Truly comical watercolors in softly glowing colors complement this fairy tale parody perfectly. The Princess wears overalls; among her pets are goofy-looking dragons and other magical beasts. Clever details add to the fun; one of Prince Swashbuckle's medals features a tiny golden pig. Probably more fun for adults than children, this is still an appealing book for budding feminists. It presents a new slant on the traditional fairy tale princess in a light-handed, tongue-in-cheek manner. A refreshing alternative. Lucy Young Clem, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library, Ind.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854302960
Publisher:
Magi Publications
Publication date:
09/25/1996
Series:
Sandcastle Series
Edition description:
Chinese and English
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.36(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Babette Cole graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1973 and has been a writer and illustrater ever since. She has produced animated storyboards for the BBC, illustrated numerous greetings cards and books by other authors as well as her own. Babette won The Kurt Maschler Prize for DROP DEAD!. She lives in Lincolnshire with a menagerie of animals.

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Princess Smartypants 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Little girls love Princess Smartypants -- and why not? She's funny, smart, independent, and has a sweet pony. A great balance for your little princess' storybook collection. Zany-fun illustrations, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Princess Smartypants has quickly become a favorite in our home. She is quick, witty and very funny. We love her independece and determination to be who she wants to be. It is nice to read a book about a young woman who depends on her 'smarts' to stay ahead. We LOVE Princess Smartypants.