Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Princess and the Pony (Kate Beaton)

To celebrate Canada's 150th birthday, I set a goal this year to read 150 books by Canadian authors. This was my first! I took some of Kate Beaton's other books out of the library. Hark! A Vagrant was a comic book style book full of wit. I can't really include it in my list of books read though because I lost interest part way through. She's a clever author though, for sure.

The princess in this story is midunderstood. No one is realizing the potential she has quite as quick as she would like. The books is irreverent, using the word fart now and then. (We loved that in my class!) Princess Pinecone wants to be a warrior, but in the end, she gets the other warriors to join her side, of sorts. They start wearing sweaters and helps them show their warm cuddly side. If it is a story to encourage girls to be stronger and accomplish more, it fails. If it is meant to solely be entertaining, it wins.

Goodreads summary:

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

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