- Picture books
New York :
Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
- Main Author
- Other Authors
*Starred Review* The high-octane duo of Angleberger and Santat pit a hotshot young princess against more folk- and fairy-tale characters than you can shake a stick shift at. Stuck in last place, just one lap to go, chances so slim that even her fairy godmother tells her there's no way, what's a princess to do? Fiercely put pedal to the metal and roar back out on the racetrack! Cranking up the visual RPMs with streaks and sprays of rainbow color, Santat records an epic comeback as the royal roadster cracks Humpty Dumpty, flies past several Wicked Witches, beats Jack and Jill down the hill, chops the Three Little Pigs, loses Little Bo Peep and the Sheep, leaves the Ugly Stepsisters and every other racer in the dust, and hurtles across the finish line in a blaze of glitter. Time for a Happily Ever After? As if! "C'mon Prince! We've got a dance contest to win!" the princess crows in the last scene, reaching through an exuberant crowd at the victory ball to snag a frog in a gold lamé jacket. The only bump in the road for this turbo-charged tribute to girl power is the dilemma that libraries will face in having to choose between the equally compelling jacket and cover. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-selling Angleberger and Caldecott winner Santat are proven successes, and this high-energy, girl-powered tale will zoom right off shelves. Grades 1-3. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Yes, the princess drives a race car, and why not? This sizzling readaloud starts as the Fairy Godmother tells the Princess that she's in last place with one lap to go. "She might as well give up!" the narrator threatens. But when readers get a look at the expression of grim determination behind the princess's goggles, they'll know all is not lost. As she roars off, a frog with a shiny suit and a shinier microphone provides a breathless account of her progress: "She passed Humpty Dumpty! She passed all the King's Horses! She passed all the King's Men!" Practically every major nursery rhyme character makes a cameo appearance: "She blew the doors off the Big Bad Wolf and smoked the Three Little Pigs." Rocket-fueled panel artwork by Santat (After the Fall) gleams like carbon fiber. His rendering of Angleberger's (the Origami Yoda series) inspired injection of sports-network energy into fairyland produces a shot of gleeful adrenaline whose only fault, like the best of things, is that it's over too soon. Ages 5–7. Author's agent: Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator's agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (July) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 1–3—Out of the way, Danica Patrick! Princess is coming through! Bombed with bad pit stop news—she's in last place with a mere lap to go—this gutsy gal puts the pedal to the metal, burning rubber, and peeling past a pack of familiar rivals. She catches the Gingerbread Man, "made the Seven Dwarfs grumpy," "beat Jack and Jill down the hill," and just plain "smokes the Three Little Pigs!" Angleberger's nitro-fueled terse text is announced by a goggle-eyed frog called Prince and all is ratcheted up by Santat's brilliant, turbo-charged signature illustrations. The culmination is a whirl of track-donuts and a victory ball. A fun rip for those who have enjoyed Caldecott-winner Santat's illustrations in books like Corey Rosen Schwartz's Ninja Red Riding Hood and Angleberger's "Inspector Flytrap" series. VERDICT Rev those engines and buckle that seat belt—readers are in for a bumpy ride. A high-octane storytime selection.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
A celebration of girl power and horsepower by the creator of the Origami Yoda series and the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Adventures of Beekle depicts a plucky princess auto racer who refuses to settle for last place.Review by Publisher Summary 2
When a Princess learns from her Fairy Godmother that she is in last place in a car race against such fairy tale notables as Humpty Dumpty, the Three Bears, and Rumpelstiltskin, she boldly rebuffs defeat and steps on the gas.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Once upon a time there was a Princess . . .. . . who made a pit stop.While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up!Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas! Join Her Royal Highness in the driver's seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.Review by Publisher Summary 4
Once upon a time there was a Princess . . .. . . who made a pit stop.While the Birds and Beasts changed her tires, her Fairy Godmother told her she was in last place! With just one lap left! She might as well give up!Give up? Not THIS princess! Instead, she hit the gas! Join Her Royal Highness in the driver's seat for a mad dash to the finish in this exciting ode to auto racing. With appearances by fairy tale favorites including the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and ALL of the Wicked Witches, this rollicking mash-up of race cars and royalty is a true celebration of both girl power and horsepower.