About the book:
Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...
From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.
My thoughts on the book:
Princess Pinecone is no ordinary princess and definitely no ordinary warrior. I had a chance to first get a look at this book in January at the American Library Association MidWinter meeting. I loved the twist on the "princess and pony" theme. Often times, books depict a princess and a horse/pony in a predictable way. However, Kate Beaton throws a twist into her story. Maybe it is the comfy sweaters or maybe it is the adorable and sort of round pony that draws you in but you can Princess Pinecone's desires and frustrations.
I love this spread where the other warriors get presents worthy of their warrior status. And then you have the comfy sweater....
I really enjoy Kate Beaton's illustrations. Does this look like a Warrior's horse? (below) Princess Pinecone wants a "big horse" worthy of being a Warrior Princess's horse. This was her present. Not exactly what she had in mind.
However, Princess Pinecone and her pony certainly found a way to be accepted and find their place in the world.
This is such a fun picture book and perfect for kids who like humor and also enjoy a book with a bit of a twist. Look for a copy of The Princess and the Pony at your local indie bookstore or public library.
About the author:
Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics which began as a webcomic in 2007. The Princess and the Pony is her first picture book. She is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Comics Anthology. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her on Twitter as @beatonna. 0r learn more at Scholastic.com Visit the author at BeatonTown.com Social Media: #PonyTime
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NOT YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS prize pack
Two (2) winners each receive a copy of The Princess and the Pony.
Giveaway open to US addresses only and be 13 years or older.
Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic.