By Kate Beaton. Published in the UK by Walker Books. Originally published by Scholastic.
Softcover, 40 pages, Colour, 2015.
Introducing Kate Beaton, a major new picture book talent, and author-illustrator of #1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant!
Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year: a horse! A big horse, a strong horse, a horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn’t quite get the horse of her dreams . . .
For anyone who’s ever been saddled with a truly terrible present, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of overcoming first impressions and falling in love with one unforgettable roly-poly pony.
Raves & reviews:
Praise for The Princess and the Pony:
“A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Beaton blurs the boundaries of traditional storytelling, marrying fantasy elements to pop culture with a free-associative swagger.” —Kirkus, starred review
"The perfect combination of heartwarming and hilarious." —Booklist starred review
"It’s a smart, brisk story that tosses aside conventional ideas of what princesses (and ponies) are “supposed” to be." —Publishers Weekly starred review
Praise for Hark! A Vagrant!:
Included on more than twenty “Year’s Best” lists, including TIME, E!, and Publishers Weekly
“The debut of a smart, funny, wholly unique voice . . . Hark! A Vagrant is the wittiest book of the year.” —TIME Magazine
* “Beaton’s comics are like doodles passed by your best friend in history class: familiar, friendly, funny . . . an endless playground of ideas.” —Quill & Quire, starred review
* “That rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Witty, occasionally wise, sometimes surreal, at other times silly, mocking of past, present and pretense, Hark! A Vagrant! is one of the most innovative and delightful collections I’ve come across.” —The Globe & Mail