The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony

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Princess Pinecone would like a real war horse for her birthday, instead of which she gets a plump, cute pony--but sometimes cuteness can be a kind of weapon, especially in a fight with dodgeballs and spitballs and hairballs and squareballs.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780545637084
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm


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Apr 15, 2017

Wonderfully diverse cast of characters, with Kate Beaton's unique sense of humor front and center.

AL_JENNIEB Dec 26, 2016

A picture book with a fierce warrior princess who wishes for an equally fierce warrior horse. Instead she receives a cute little pony, and is disappointed. The pony, however, turns out to be more helpful than the princess ever imagined. Features a strong female character, and a diverse cast of characters.

AL_KATI Sep 29, 2016

One of my favorite picture books of 2015!

forbesrachel Oct 27, 2015

Princess Pinecone is short and cute, not exactly warrior material, and that is how others treat her. Ignoring her warriors spirit, they give her sweaters instead of shields. Finally she's had enough, she's determined to make sure her parents give her one great gift. Instead of a horse she gets...a stubby, farting pony. Princess Pinecone dislikes being judged by her physical characteristics, but she herself makes the same mistake, judging her roly-poly pony by her expectations. When the day of the great battle arrives, this young girl is in for a surprise, those big, burly warriors love her cute, cuddly pony. They too, are not what they appear to be. Kate Beaton's exaggerated art is quite amusing. Big eyes define cute characters and those overwhelmed by the cuteness, and the warriors do some wacky things. The story is perfectly paced, and each unexpected turn only adds to the reader's delight. Kate Beaton has created an honest and one-of-a-kind picture book that speaks to expectations, body types, and judging others not by their cover, but by what's inside. Princess don't have to be tall and elegant, warriors can come in all packages, and even a roly-poly pony can even win battles, just in its own way.

Oct 02, 2015

This book has the word "fart" in it twice.

Sep 21, 2015

This is an awesome book for every child. It is funny, tender, empowering and pretty perfect in my opinion. I want to purchase for everyone! I look forward to more books by Kate Beaton! She rocks!

ChristchurchLib Aug 24, 2015

In her first picture book, award-winning comics artist Kate Beaton introduces pint-sized warrior princess Pinecone, who longs for a mighty steed…but is given a stubby-legged, bug-eyed pony instead. Despite her disappointment -- and the fact that the roly-poly creature isn't good at much besides falling over -- Pinecone brings her pony to the next warrior melee, where it gives her an unexpected advantage. With perfectly-pitched silliness, an upbeat message, and sly visual references to history and pop culture, The Princess and the Pony is a "hip, modern, and absolutely refreshing" tale for readers of all ages.

Picture books newsletter August 2015

GSPLmandy Aug 22, 2015

This is a wonderful little story about a warrior princess and her adorable unfortunate pony; very funny and very endearing.

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Aug 19, 2015

SO GOOD. These illustrations are so quirky and fun and you'll be laughing out loud whether you're a child or an adult.

Aug 18, 2015

Easily one of my favorite picture books of the year so far--it's so cute and funny, with adorable illustrations. I love when positive messaging can come in such a hilarious, adorable package.

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Feb 22, 2017

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