Monday, October 24, 2016

Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton has long been one of my favorite cartoonists, wielding a finely honed wit as she approaches significant cultural and historical movements with an eye towards humor that belies a sharp, sometimes critical perspective. When she came out with a children’s book, I was somewhat skeptical as this is a fair ways outside my usual reading material. However, I was not disappointed with the tale of Princess Pinecone and her stout Shetland pony.

We start the tale with Princess Pinecone wishing desperately for a horse to befit a great warrior. All around her others get suitably warrior birthday gifts; shields, horned helmets, etc. Her typical gifts of cozy sweaters are a great disappointment and she makes sure everyone knows her desire for a true warrior’s horse. The stubby legged, barrel shaped, tongue sticking out, farting when excited pony she gets is somewhat of disappointment. Undaunted she sets out to forge this pony into the toughest horse possible for the upcoming great battle. I won’t ruin the ending for you, but it is certainly cute and may involve a few fart jokes. It is a good book to read and a good book to have little ones try to read, if nothing else to that to hear them try out words like “flummoxed”.

As a side note, I got this book, along with many others, for my three-year-old niece last Christmas. Of the veritable stack she received, she settled on Princess and the Pony as one of her favorite stories. If you don’t trust my recommendation, perhaps you can believe hers!

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