Princess and the Pony – book review

The Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton
Picture book
* * * * Stars (Great!)

Princess Pinecone is a warrior princess, but her folks keep giving her cozy sweaters instead of Useful Warrior Equipment (like armor and weapons and such). Prior to her birthday, she makes it abundantly clear that what she REALLY wants is a BIG, STRONG horse. They sort of get the message. Instead of another sweater, Princess Pinecone receives a small, round (gassy) pony. The pony is adorable, but not really war horse (or warrior princess) material. Still, Princess Pinecone tries to train it as best she can. They take part in a great battle and as a mighty warrior races toward them he’s struck down by the pony’s cuteness. And soon all of the warriors are cooing over the pony and the fighting quickly comes to an end. Pinecone is a little disappointed, but another warrior points out that they rarely have the opportunity to get in touch with their cuddly/softer natures. Eager to help (and to divest herself of some of those sweaters), she passes out her cute clothes and the warriors indulge themselves. She and her pony are voted the most valuable warriors! A fun take on the non-traditional princess genre. This is a very easy-going warrior princess who knows how to make lemonade out of lemons.

Reviewed by YA Librarian

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