When her Prince Charming fails to materialize, Princess Patty takes matters into her own hands.
Weary waiting for her prince to come, Princess Patty dons her “favorite comfy shoes” and “super-sparkly knapsack” and begins the quest to find her prince. She rejects a prince who offers a glass slipper and tries to yank off her shoe. She rejects a foolish prince who thinks he’s fighting dragons by snaring dragonflies in a net. She’s not interested in a prince who wants to wake her with a kiss, as she’s already awake, and he has chapped lips. She avoids a prince stashing peas under a stack of mattresses and opts not to kiss a potential frog prince. Even the fairy godmother she meets is too confused to help her. Discouraged by the pool of princes, Princess Patty returns to her castle, where she finally finds her perfect match. Simple, childlike illustrations rely on pastel hues, precise lines and decorative patterns to create a fairy-tale innocence, tracking Princess Patty’s quest across a landscape of stylized castles, hills, flowers and trees. Wearing high-top sneakers, a flowered tunic and sparkly backpack, Princess Patty resembles a savvy contemporary girl who knows what she wants far better than the traditional fairy-tale princess.
This proactive princess will captivate readers with her charmingly unconventional tale. (Picture book. 3-5)