Forced by her parents into looking for a husband, Princess Smartypants sets impossible tasks for her suitors to prove their worthiness, but when Prince Swashbuckle succeeds at every task, the Princess turns him into a frog with her kiss. Reprint.
I love a good princess story as well as the next person and this one is full of surprises. Just when I thought I had figured out where it was going, it took a turn to the left. This quest for a fulfilling life is told with grace and good humor, the author poking just the right amount of fun at the ridiculousness of the situation. There is plenty of playfulness in combining the princes’ names with their quests and the whimsical illustrations just add to the fun.
Babette Cole is the zany, inspired pen and brush behind a number of wildly popular and successful children’s books. In a review of The BAD Good Manners Book (Dial), Publishers Weekly hailed her as “a connoisseur of the ridiculous.” Ms. Cole lives in Lincolnshire, England.