I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Illustrator: Kate Beaton
Published by Scholastic Inc. on June 30th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Social Issues, Friendship, Animals, Horses, Action & Adventure, General
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Introducing Kate Beaton, a major new picture book talent, and author/illustrator of #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller HARK! A VAGRANT! 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.
Why Did I Read This Book?
So, I got Kate Beaton’s The Princess And The Pony in the mail unexpectedly. It just arrived with no fanfare or explanation or request or anything. I am not typically a picture book reader, however, pretty much everyone in my life is on the having babies track at the moment and so I was like, well maybe I should learn about what small children read. Also? I had just gotten back from vacation and was behind on my goodreads goal and yes, yes what a cheap way to get ahead but hey, my goal competition is between goodreads and myself. So, prior to work beginning, I plopped myself down on the couch and pulled The Princess And The Pony off my stacks and gave it a go.
What’s The Story Here?
Essentially The Princess And The Pony by Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant fame is about a girl named Princess Pinecone. Princess Pinecone is little, but she’s also fierce. It is her birthday and because she is sick of cute sweaters, she asks for a noble steed, she wants a war horse. What she gets is a very tiny pony that is just big enough for her to ride. Of course, the pony is a bit dopey which adds to the pony’s charm. One day, she decides to take the pony into battle. What happens is entirely unexpected and adorable and hilarious.
How’s The Artwork?
I felt like Beaton’s artwork in The Princess And The Pony was very child friendly. Actually, her artwork reminded me of those cartoons on Cartoon Network from when I was a kid — The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Lab. The art is very curvy and rounded with the characters having fairly exaggerated features and kind of googly looking eyes. I found it really appealing.
Who Is Recommended Audience For This Picture Book?
I think that instead of being all GIRLS WHO LIKE PRINCESSES should read this book, I will say that you should read this book to your child if:
A) They think farting is funny
B) They are little but fierce
C) They’ve ever gotten a birthday or holiday gift that they were less than enthused about
Sum It Up With A GIF:
Pretty much yes this.