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PART-TIME PRINCESS by Deborah Underwood

PART-TIME PRINCESS

By Deborah Underwood (Author) , Cambria Evans (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: March 5th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4231-2485-6
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

By day, she’s a girl with spelling tests and a little brother who breaks her crayons; by night, a princess who can “slide down a fire pole in a frilly skirt.”

At midnight, when her crown appears, she slips out of bed to her coach to solve whatever problems have cropped up in her kingdom. She puts out a fire, invites the dragon (source of the fire) to tea, and studies magical beasts, fencing and circus arts. She hosts a royal ball with her mother, the queen, making sure the trolls get to dance. Trolls love to dance, it turns out. There is even a prince she likes. In the morning, she and her mom both find sparkles in their hair from the previous night’s adventures. The colors range from candy pink to lush purple and spring green, and the line is lightweight but lively. The details are pleasingly childlike; the combination of, for example, iced cakes, a royal mud puddle and a dolphin in the tub with “hot and cold running bubbles” is quite attractive. The part-time princess’ monogram, PTP, appears on her teapot, her fire engine and even her motorcycle in the last image.

If there is to be yet another plucky-princess story, this one offers a pleasing blend of fancy and realism and allows mom to get into the act, too. (Picture book. 4-8)