PRINCESS HORRID by Erik Christian Haugaard


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The overindulged Princess Hyacinth has earned her nickname by playing pranks on everyone at court; when the Dowager Duchess retaliates by turning her into a kitten, all are relieved that she seems to be missing. Meanwhile, the kitten is in the care of a kitchen maid, who soon figures out who she is and contrives to win the reward the king has offered for the princess' return--but not before the kitten hears enough honest comments about the princess to effect her reformation. Predictable fare but saved from being trite by Haugaard's brisk, whimsical narration, ably abetted by Hearn's good-humoredly satirical illustrations--as formal, and lively, as an 18th-century farce. The format is a clever blend of picture-book approachability, with the chapters and small size considered appropriate by older readers.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1990
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Macmillan