Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: The Princess and the Pony

Publish July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton, author and illustrator of the acclaimed webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant, makes her picture book debut with The Princess and the Pony. Warrior Princess Pinecone desperately wants a horse for her birthday. Instead of receiving the strong steed of her dreams, she gets a cross-eyed, roly poly pony. Determined, the princess makes the best out of her situation, and embarks on a training schedule for her not-so-fierce, flatulent foal. On Battle Day, the pony’s surprise strength is hilariously revealed when the ferocious brutes melt at the sight of the cute pony, reduced to a bunch of cooing, tickling admirers. From the “Team Viking” posters decorating Princess Pinecone’s bedroom walls, to the “Skirmish” and “Picnic” reminders written on her calendar, Beaton’s digitally created illustrations are full of witty details. The battleground scenes are a riot of cannon fire, hot dog snacks, and musicians playing on the sidelines. After the warriors embrace their “cuddly sides,” Pinecone offloads her novelty sweater collection and bumblebees, pandas, and ducks can be spotted on burly chests. With superb comedic timing and memorable characters, The Princess and the Pony is a surefire storytime crowd pleaser.

The Princess and the Pony

Kate Beaton
Scholastic Canada Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-63708-4

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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