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PRINCE PUGGLY OF SPUD AND THE KINGDOM OF SPIFF by Robert Paul Weston

PRINCE PUGGLY OF SPUD AND THE KINGDOM OF SPIFF

By Robert Paul Weston

Age Range: 10 - 13

Pub Date: Feb. 7th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-59514-567-3
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin

Like Zorgamazoo (2008),
A novel in rhyme, anything but sedate.

It seems that Francesca, a book-loving princess
Cares nothing for Fashion, despite her dad’s winces—
Till scorned by the guests who have come one and all
To the Kingdom of Spiff’s Centenary Ball,
She blanches in shock from their laughter and jeers
And runs off in naught but pajamas and tears.
Likewise Prince Puggly from neighboring Spud
Is subjected to similar slinging of mud,
And reeling dismayed from the general mocks
At his laughable wig and nonmatching socks
Conspires with Fran on a brilliant prank
That leaves their tormentors repentant but rank.
Presented in couplets that use a full range
Of fanciful fonts and typography strange,
This sendup of Fashion quite properly ends
With a note about slavishly following Trends.

Lighthearted flummery, far from routine.
(Comical fantasy. 10-13)