Monday, May 13, 2019

Review - The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton
Date: 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 42
Format: e-book
Source: library

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 a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I almost passed on this one because the cover looked so ridiculous. But am I ever glad I picked it up. It's hilarious! How can you not love a farting pony with eyes that look in two different directions?

Poor Princess Pinecone. All she wants is a horse fit for a warrior. But her parents get her this pony instead. She tries to make it work, but the pony is just not cut out for battle. However, it may have a secret weapon of its own (and it's not gas)!

The text and illustrations work perfectly together. There are lots of cute touches in the illustrations. (Who knew that, after a month of scheduled skirmishes and battle training, warriors have a craft day?)

I can see why this book was a Goodreads Choice nominee. It's so much fun!

Quotable moment:

Premise: 5/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.67 out of 5

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