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Bookish Brits: Challenging Stereotypes With Children’s Books

As part of Anti-Bullying Week the team at Bookish Brits have dedicated a fortnight of posts to books which can help victims of bullying and maybe even help to prevent bullying.
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Reviewed by Caroline

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The Worst Princess

Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie (illustrator)

the worst princessBored of your run of the mill princess?
Tired of the traditional princess-finds-her-prince tale?
Looking for a princess with a bit more bite?
Then this is the book for you.
Forget about pretty dresses, fairytale weddings and grand balls, Princess Sue is all about adventure, mischief, and making unusual friends.
She really is the worst princess!

I have a daughter. A dress wearing, pink loving, cover everything in glitter, girlie girl whose ambition she when she grows up is to be a princess. As a former tree climbing, den-building , tomboy (with the scars to prove it), I have to admit that at times her choices in bedtime literature are a little trying. Princesses, colourful fairies, ballet dancers and kittens have featured in all of her recent selections. So when I first laid eyes on The Worst Princess, I rejoiced silently that I might just have found something we could both enjoy.

High top wearing Sue knows the score. If she hangs around her tower, enduring the loneliness and boredom, and grows her hair long enough, her prince will come. Then she can say bye bye to her tower prison and HELLO to a life of action and adventure.

Unfortunately for our modern princess, her Prince is not so clued-up, informing Sue that “Dragon-bashing’s not for girls”. Well, there is no way that our feisty red head is going to swap her tower for another kind of prison. She has a life to live and she is going to enjoy it!

Teaming up with the afore mentioned dragon, Sue rejects the life of a pampered clothes horse and sets about creating her own adventures and finding her own happily ever after.

Told in clever, humorous rhyme, with complementary illustrations, the characters voices and mannerisms are so distinctive that, rather than be read aloud, The Worst Princess begs to be performed.

Verdict: A little bit of mischief and spice to counteract all of the sugar and niceness of traditional princesses. It will be enjoyed by future princesses and grown up tomboys alike.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: April 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book
Age: Early reader
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British book
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