Princess Penelope and the runaway kitten

Alison Murray

Book - 2013

"In Royaltown Palace one long lazy day, Princess Penelope wanted to play. But Daddy was reading and Mommy was knitting, so she thought she'd make friends with the mischievous kitten. But then off he ran, with a swish of his tail, leaving behind him a pink woolly trail!"--Back cover.

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Somerville, MA : Nosy Crow c2013.
Main Author
Alison Murray (-)
First U.S. edition
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1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Princess Penelope is bored and unable to attract the attention of her mother and father, who are knitting and reading, respectively. Penelope decides to make friends with the kitten who has become tangled in the queen's yarn. The kitten immediately runs away from the young princess, prompting a chase through the castle and grounds. Murray's stylized, brightly colored illustrations and buoyant rhymes will delight young readers and make for an enjoyable read-along experience, as they trace the raised lines of the pink, glittery yarn up and down stairs, under tables, and through hedge mazes, entangling butlers, chefs, maids, and gardeners as Penelope is hot on the trail of the runaway kitten. The explanation for the kitten's adventure (he's looking for his mother) brings this charming story to a satisfying conclusion. Fans of the Disney princesses, Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy books and Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious series will adore Princess Penelope and her mischievous kitten.--Szwarek, Magan Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

The sparkly, embossed trail of pink yarn that loops through Murray's (Little Mouse) extended chase story is its most distinctive feature. While Princess Penelope's mother sits knitting, Kitty becomes entangled in the yarn and dashes off. Penelope and her dog follow the path of yarn the kitten leaves behind as she zooms through the palace and then scoots outdoors, where other animals join the hunt. Readers never lose sight of Kitty, so there's no suspense as to her whereabouts, and while the verse has a lively meter, the rhyming is largely flat: "Penelope followed. 'Oh, please come back, Kitty!/ The yarn will be ruined, and it was so pretty!' " Featuring plenty of pink (in backdrops, as well as Penelope's flouncy skirt and polka-dot boots), the digital art has a matte finish, which lets the glittery yarn pop. And the rambunctious kitten's scurrying-she navigates a maze of bushes and climbs onto a horse's mane-leaves a zigzag of yarn for children to trace. The disclosure of Kitty's final destination makes for a sweet, if somewhat anticlimactic ending. Ages 3-7. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-In this slight story, a princess follows her kitten, tangled in yarn, all around the house and into the garden until the kitten finds his mother. Preschoolers will be drawn to the cover of this book, resplendent with a glittery, hot pink-colored string of yarn created with puffy-textured ink. The kitten winds his way throughout the pages, upsetting dishes and eluding capture, to the warm conclusion. Rhymed couplets and large font will aid those children who may be just beginning to read. While this book is not a first purchase, many children will be tickled pink with Princess Penelope's fuschia tutu and polka-dot boots to match.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

Princess Penelope chases a runaway kitten through the palace until he finally reaches his mother. The airy double-page-spread illustrations offer a tactile experience: sparkly, magenta-colored raised yarn wraps around the kitten's belly and unravels across the pages as he scampers from room to room. Though not always fluid, the playful rhymes paired with digital illustrations heavy on the pink may win young princess fans. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

In this amusing if slight tale, a runaway kitten leads Princess Penelope on a merry chase through the palace, leaving chaos in his wake. Princess Penelope wants to play with the mischievous kitten with wool wrapped around his tummy, but the frisky pet takes off. The princess must search for him; luckily, he has left a trail of yarn behind him. In a gimmicky but brilliant (literally) hook, the string appears in glitter-glue pink. Rhyming lines, some forced, describe the princess's hunt for the kitten. The narrative, much like the kitten, sometimes takes unexpected jumps, but tots following the line of yarn will find the visual clues they need to fill in the lapses. Detail-oriented children will notice that other creatures join the chase: the dog, birds and a rabbit freed from their cages by the kitten when he passed, a peacock and squirrel from the garden, the duck from the stable. The topsy-turvy commotion the kitten causes in each location is sure to provoke some giggles. All the action is captured in digital art with a retro, block-print look featuring bold shapes and matte pastel colors, with a special emphasis on pink. In the end, the unaware, worn-out, too-cute kitten is found innocently cuddling with his mother. Not quite a seamless romp, but certain youngsters will be drawn to the glitter like iron filings to a magnet. (Picture book. 2-5)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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