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by Karen Katz & illustrated by Karen Katz

Pub Date: Jan. 8th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-375-84119-4
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random

Katz’s latest work is ideal for the early-preschool and toddler set. Exasperated by the bevy of endearing monikers her loving parents bestow upon her, Katz’s pint-sized protagonist staunchly demands emancipation from pet names. Katz offers up a litany of silly ones to tickle fancies, many of which (Cupcake, Little Lamb, Buttercup) they may recognize, as well. Naturally, the determined tot has a strong opinion about what she should be called. Lest readers assume the precocious toddler desires to be called by any mundane name, Katz provides some strategic clues to enlighten them—glamorous jewels and a sparkling crown. The collage-style illustrations utilize a variety of media, which combine to create vivid, almost three-dimensional, artwork. Add a cherubic, ruby-cheeked tot and the overall effect is eminently appealing to young readers and princess fans alike. This sparkly, lighthearted tale is bound to enchant hopeful young ladies-in-waiting. (Picture book. 1-5)