Part-time princess

Deborah Underwood

Book - 2012

A girl escapes her annoying little brother and the drudgery of school and home life when she travels to a magical kingdom each night and embarks on a series of adventures.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Disney Hyperion Books 2012.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
9781423124856
1423124855
Main Author
Deborah Underwood (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Put on your crowns, wannabe princesses, you are in for a night to remember. "During the day, I am a regular girl," says our narrator. But at night? "I become a princess." A magical staircase rolls down from her window, she jumps into a carriage driven by a gnome, and off she goes to save the day at the castle, which tonight is on fire. A real princess, we learn, can slide down a fire pole in a frilly skirt, lasso a dragon and invite him to tea, play leapfrog with frogs in the Royal Mud Puddle, and be the hit of the Royal Ball—where, of course, she meets a handsome prince. "Maybe I'll marry him when I grow up," she says. "But right now I'm too busy." The playful, pink-heavy mixed-media illustrations exaggerate size differences and are reminiscent of the work of Tricia Tusa. The ending continues the fun of Underwood's story when the girl finds sparkles in her hair the next morning—and in her mother's, too! Does this mean parents get to have fun dreams, too? Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

After finishing all the obligations of an ordinary day and getting a kiss goodnight from Mom, a contemporary girl in pigtails is free to let her imagination run wild and define princessdom on her own terms. She can be a firefighter who combats a palace blaze ("No one dreams of telling her it's too dangerous") and saves the kingdom "as usual." She can use clever tactics to calm a raging dragon (tea and sympathy) or grumpy trolls (boogying down). And yes, there's a handsome prince with whom she may eventually form an alliance, "But right now I'm too busy." Underwood (The Quiet Book) and Evans (Bone Soup) present a heroine who can have it all—from a "gown that shimmers like starlight" to strenuous physical adventure—without ever worrying about embodying a contradiction. However, this upbeat, empowering tale is more an encyclopedia of opportunities than a compelling narrative. While Evans's cartooning is accomplished, and the illustrator wields pink in a way that never feels suffocating, the heroine comes across more as a mouthpiece than as a recognizable human being. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Studio Goodwin Sturges. (Mar.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Though the narrator leads a regular life during the day, she becomes a princess every night after her mother tucks her in bed. She leaves her house in a pink coach worthy of Cinderella, and her faithful dachshund goes with her. Wearing a fire hat with P.T.P. on the front, she fights the blaze set by an unhappy dragon, invites him to tea, and becomes his friend. She plays leapfrog in the Royal Mud Puddle with a queen from a distant land, and she bathes in a giant tub with a dolphin before dressing for the Royal Ball. When trolls crash the party, the girl averts disaster by striking up the band. (She has learned that trolls like to dance.) After dancing with the head troll and a very handsome prince, she leaves in the Royal Air Balloon and heads for home. The next morning young readers realize that the mother with sparkles in her hair is also the queen from a distant land, and they know that the mother, daughter, and dachshund will be saving the kingdom again. The cartoon artwork features a palette of pink, lime green, and aqua. Observant children will see that the toys in the child's bedroom inspire her adventures. The simply written, upbeat text in this picture book can be easily read by emerging readers. Girls will be enchanted by this spunky, kindhearted, part-time princess.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN [Page 131]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A girl escapes her annoying little brother and the drudgery of school and home life when she travels to a magical kingdom each night and embarks on a series of adventures.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

At night, a normal little girl imagines she is a princess, but not just a princess who wears pretty gowns and goes to balls. She also gets to fight dragons and tame trolls. But one morning she wakes up and begins to think maybe her royal adventures aren't so imaginary after all... From the best-selling author of The Quiet Book, this jacketed picture book is perfect for every little girl who dreams of being a princess.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

At night, a normal little girl imagines she is a princess, but not just a princess who wears pretty gowns and goes to balls. She also gets to fight dragons and tame trolls. But one morning she wakes up and begins to think maybe her royal adventures aren't so imaginary after all... From the best-selling author of The Quiet Book, this jacketed picture book is perfect for every little girl who dreams of being a princess.