Saturday, June 20, 2015

Candlewick Press - What Would Princess Charlotte Read?

What Would Princess Charlotte Read?

In honor of Princess Charlotte, the newest addition to the British royal family, here is a list of books that any young royal would love to read!

In this selection of stories from Candlewick Press, there are tales of family, friendship, loyalty, and compromise. What better topics for a young royal to learn about? With ingenuity and curiosity, these princesses have the power to make things happen. From ornate royal gowns to black capes, from the comforts of the royal castle to dirt-filled flower beds, to learning about sharing and open-mindedness, these princesses show that being a princess is more than just a fluffy pink stereotype.

These princesses are full of curiosity, daring, and adventure, and it is a joy to read their tales and imagine along. Your young royal will undoubtedly find a book to enjoy!

THE PRINCESS IN BLACK. Illustrations copyright © 2014 by LeUyen Pham. Published by Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

The Princess in Black
Written by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
HC: 9780763665104 ∙ October 2014 ∙ 16.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 5-8
PB: 9780763678883 ∙ April 2015 ∙ 6.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 5-8

Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

« “The authors of "Rapunzel’s Revenge" and "Calamity Jack," writing here for a slightly younger audience, successfully turn the treacly princess genre on its ear, offering beginning readers a clever, adventurous, and self-reliant heroine who is equally at home in black or pink.” – Booklist

My Thoughts:
What an adorable read. I first handed this to my daughter to read who is 8 and was going to get her take on it. But then I picked it up and started to flip though the pages and found myself captivated in the adorable tale about a little princess who is like a Zorro of characters. A lot of other fun characters were created in this. It's the first book in the series. My daughter and I both enjoyed it and will be looking for book 2.

I found the writing to be easy to follow and easy for early readers. The illustrations were pretty and eye catching.

The Big Princess
By Taro Miura
HC: 9780763674595 ∙ May 2015 ∙ 14.99 ∙ 40 pages ∙ Ages 2-5

A simple fairy tale meets bold, geometric art in this fresh, witty story from Japan.

“The unique digital collage artwork will inspire a host of related art activities. The Big Princess is bound to be a big hit.” – School Library Journal

The Princess and the Peas
By Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton
HC: 9780763665326 ∙ February 2013 ∙ 16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7

Lily-Rose May will not eat her peas. Even when her father turns them into the most fabulous smoothies, shakes, or cupcakes, Lily can always tell they are there and turns her little nose up at them. Luckily, the doctor knows exactly what to do. He diagnoses an incurable case of princess-itus and sends Lily to live at the palace. Unfortunately for Lily-Rose May, the perfect food for a princess is . . . well . . . that would be telling!

“Indefatigably sprightly and lovingly detailed illustrations.” – Publishers Weekly

The Princess and the Presents
By Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton
HC: 9780763673987 ∙ August 2014 ∙ 16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7

Princess Ruby is the most spoiled princess you could ever meet. And when it’s her birthday, there are so many presents that the palace literally bulges at the seams. But when the palace and gifts finally collapse on the poor king, the tiny tyrant realizes that she has overlooked the most precious thing of all.

“Bright candy colors and rhyming text characterize this tale.” – Kirkus Reviews

Garden Princess
By Kristin Kladstrup
HC: 9780763656850 ∙ March 2013 ∙ 15.99 ∙ 272 pages ∙ Ages 10+
PB: 9780763676681 ∙ March 2015 ∙ 7.99 ∙ 272 pages ∙ Ages 10+
Dig in to this middle-grade fantasy featuring a horticulturally minded princess, a beautiful but evil witch, and a magpie with a shameful secret.

“What could have been just another fairy tale hints at a rich backstory and sweeps the reader into a bewitching adventure. The book is neatly paced, particularly in the latter half, when the chapters alternate between Edward and Adele. A solid choice for reluctant readers.” - Booklist