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Monday 19 May 2014

Review: The Princess and the Presents

Princess Ruby is a brat. There is nothing nice about this spoilt, rude, selfish, obnoxious child.

So as her birthday approaches, it's no surprise that she has a list of demands a mile long. She wants a giant tree house, a parrot that can talk, shoes that light up when she walks, a new tiara for every day of the school week, a pony, loads of jewels, roller skates, etc, etc, etc.

Unfortunately, her father, the king, panders to her every whim, going to ridiculous lengths to get her everything she wants. In fact, he buys her so many presents that they end up piled in every room of the palace. They cover the tables and chairs; fill up the bedrooms, bathrooms and halls; they even spill down the palace stairs.

There are soooooo many presents that the palace just … can't … cope … And with much groaning and cracking, the entire palace comes crashing down. Right on Princess Ruby's dad!

I won't spoil the ending by revealing what ensues, but let's just say that there is a new favourite picture book in our house and it's this one! The Princess and the Presents is true picture-book perfection — a gorgeous, dazzling combination of brilliantly clever rhyming text and fabulously exuberant illustrations.

Love it!

Title: The Princess and the Presents
Author: Caryl Hart
Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
Publisher: Nosy Crow, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: May 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780857632609
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book