Wednesday, May 20, 2020

#Booky100Keepers Day 17: "The Worst Princess" by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

We've always given C a good grounding and a firm belief that girls (even Princesses) can do anything they want to do, and one of the first books that she really took to with this idea as a core theme was the fantastic "The Worst Princess" by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie.

Princess Sue rather loves her life but there's a huge weight of expectation on Princesses. They should be ladylike, they should wear fancy frocks, preen and primp themselves up for the delectation of any handsome Princes that might come along and ask them to marry them.

Princess Sue is having absolutely NONE of it, and when a would-be suitor decides to rescue her from a fearsome Dragon, Sue has other ideas - why not elope with the Dragon for a high adventure (and some cracking cups of tea) instead!

Around the same time as C was getting increasingly bored with some of the 'drippier' Princess books, this one came along like a bolt from the blue and she has loved it ever since she was 2 - and it still gets read today, that rare beast - a picture book that her mum loves and approves of (Mrs ReadIt has a very dim view of quite a few of the picture books we've received, read and reviewed over the years). So if you think getting your book past a kid is the peak of winning over a tough critic, getting my wife's approval is like finding a stream of pure gold.

Zany, brilliant and Sara's illustrations are always top notch in anything she illustrates, so this is irresistible.

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1 comment :

  1. Sounds like a great book! Reminds me of the Enchanted Forest series by Patricia Wrede :) One of my personal favourites, also featuring a rebel princess who ran away and joined the dragons. C might enjoy it when she's ready for some Middle Grade/YA fantasy!


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