Books by Pam Calvert

FLASH, THE LITTLE FIRE ENGINE by Pam Calvert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 5, 2019

"An innocuous telling, sure to slip in effortlessly with other firetruck books. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little fire engine discovers what it's good at by eliminating what it is not. Read full book review >
BRIANNA BRIGHT, BALLERINA KNIGHT by Pam Calvert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2018

"For those who prefer their princesses brave and perfectly pretty. (brief glossary of ballet and fencing terms) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A stylish princess works hard to distinguish herself and find her true calling. Read full book review >
PRINCESS PEEPERS PICKS A PET by Pam Calvert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

It's safe to say that Peepers curtsies to a different drummer at the Royal Academy for Perfect Princesses. She fails to conform to the dainty interests the other girls enjoy. The students follow social mores to a T, but Peepers crashes the tea party on her skateboard and dangles upside down to strengthen her posture. When the students plan a pet show, Peepers hopes to find a suitable selection; unfortunately, her potential entries exude too much slime or bear too many appendages to be popular choices. As in her first, self-titled adventure (2008), the absence of Peepers' glasses leads to disastrous results. She falls upon a fantastic creature she mistakenly identifies as a dirty, fire-breathing, winged unicorn, which she brings us her entry in the competition. Peepers' quirks reveal a sympathetic character; her internal musings and wistful dialogue demonstrate her longing for acceptance. Buttressed by details ("watching dragonflies buzz always helped her think"), Peepers' personality comes through loud and clear. The emphasis here is on social differences instead of physical ones; the royal waifs' uniformly slim stature does little to promote acceptance of varied body images. Digital painting and graphite merge with bold collage images to glossy effect, and elongated limbs provide a whimsical nuance. It's a light regal romp, forgoing the need for any extra pomp or circumstance. (Picture book. 4-7)Read full book review >
PRINCESS PEEPERS by Pam Calvert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Calvert's tale of a bespectacled princess's rocky road to self-acceptance is rollicking good fun. Princess Peepers adores her plethora of eyewear, with what seems to be a pair of glasses for every occasion. However, when she attends the Royal Academy she is astonished to discover her spectacles are far from au courant. In a misguided attempt to satisfy others' expectations and fit in, she doffs her lenses. While the ensuing mishaps are appropriately silly and lighthearted, they do not conceal the compelling message that being true to one's self paves the road to happiness. Mourning's mixed-media illustrations of graphite and digital/collage present an intriguing blend of texture and color. Readers are bound to relish the interplay between what the text describes and the reality of the illustrations as Princess Peepers stumbles about sans specs. The ironic denouement is bound to please princess fans and their practical parents alike. (Picture book. 5-9)Read full book review >