Archive for the ‘Princess’ Category

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson

February 22, 2013 - 6:35 pm No Comments

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Prince Henrik is looking to marry. He wants his princess to be the outdoorsy type who likes hockey and likes to go camping.

Henrik asks his brother for advice on finding a princess and finds that his brother’s advice of finding a princess that is sensitive (aka totally picky and kind of a pain) just isn’t going to work for him.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I think you’ll like it. :)

The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

August 3, 2012 - 12:08 am No Comments

King Wilfred has three sons and he is raising them to be good at all things knightly: jousting, fighting with swords and giving orders. Then the queen has a daughter and since the queen dies shortly after the daughter is born, the king decides to raise his daughter the same way he is raising his sons.

Her brothers make fun of her because the armor and swords are too heavy, but she is determined. She practices in her own way and with a lot of determination and work, ends up being better at all things knightly than even her own brothers.

As the princess’ 16th birthday approaches, the king decides to have a jousting contest and whoever wins will win her hand in marriage. I bet you can guess who wins the jousting contest…

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

July 28, 2012 - 12:06 pm No Comments

Princess Smartypants does NOT want to get married so she comes up with all kinds of impossible tasks for her suitors to complete. Of course, none of them succeed, but then comes Prince Swashbuckle who seems to be good at everything. He wins Princess Smartypants’ heart, but there’s a twist at the end.

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen & Heidi E. Stemple

July 25, 2012 - 10:37 pm No Comments

I love that this book talks about all kinds of “princesses” and that it rhymes…I haven’t read a good rhyming book in a good long while.
I also love that there is a phrase that repeats throughout the book that your little book lover will soon realize they can “read” along with you when you get to that part each time which is super huge for children who are learning about books and how they work.

Some princesses, when they choose,
never pick out fancy shoes,
but soccer cleats for outdoor sports
with shin guards and some baggy shorts,
and a sparkly crown.

Princess Pigsty by Cornelia Funke

July 23, 2012 - 2:22 pm No Comments

Little Princess Isabella is tired of being a princess. Princesses don’t get to do anything fun like climb trees and they always have to wear dresses and have their hair curled. The king decides to send Isabella to work in the kitchen for three days which she absolutely loves so he sends her to the pigsty to feed and clean up after the pigs and she loves that even more. The king finally realizes that he misses his daughter, so as long as she comes back to stay in the castle he doesn’t care if she wears her fancy dress or wears her crown or makes sure her hair is curled. The most important thing is that she is happy, not that she acts like a princess.

The Apple-Pip Princess by Jane Ray

July 21, 2012 - 8:17 pm No Comments

This is the first in a series of non-princess princess books I will be reviewing. This one starts out like many princess stories you may be familiar with. There are three sisters and the queen is dead. (There are no princes showing up to save the day in this one though.) The kingdom is not as great as it was when the queen was alive and the king wants each of his daughters to prove to him that they are the princess that should be chosen as the next leader. So the two older sisters come up with their own plans that don’t turn our so well, but the ever wise younger sister, comes up with a plan using some of the queen’s favorite things to make the kingdom look as beautiful as it once was.

I Want TWO Birthdays! by Tony Ross

April 30, 2012 - 4:46 pm No Comments

Little Princess loves to have birthdays, so much so that she would like to have two birthdays a year. Well, she IS a princess and so the Prime Minister puts two birthdays on the calendar for her. Well, if two is good then three or four must be even better. That seems like such a great idea that she talks the Prime Minister into making every day her birthday, but she soon finds out that cake isn’t quite as tasty when you have to eat it every day and dressing up isn’t quite as much fun when you have to do it every day. The presents people get you aren’t so great either because they can’t afford to get you something nice every single day. The Princess comes up with a plan to have one special day a year to celebrate and decides to have an unbirthday once a year instead.

Non-Princess Princess Books

January 11, 2012 - 2:56 pm No Comments

A link I saw that lists several books for families who really, really, really don’t like traditional princess books.

I Want My Tooth by Tony Ross

February 15, 2011 - 1:54 pm No Comments

The Little Princess is very proud of her twenty royal teeth and she counts them every morning and she brushes them every night. She is very troubled one day when she realizes that one of them is wobbly and not only is it wobbly, but it seems to be growing more wobbly each day. Then one day it falls out and is nowhere to be found! She is horrified! Everyone in the palace searches for it and you’ll never believe where it turns up.

A Cold Winter’s Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas

January 1, 2011 - 9:20 pm No Comments

The Good Knight rescues three freezing dragons from their cold cave during a snowstorm. The only problem is that he has to bring them back to the castle where the king is having a ball. Despite the many warnings and reminders from the Good Knight, the dragons manage to make quite a scene at the ball when they almost set the castle on fire and literally are swinging from the rafters. Things make a turn for the better though when the Good Knight explains that they need to start using their manners…and it works! All those pleases and thank you make for a much more pleasant evening.