Cue a battle royale over who is really the prettiest. Of course, each princess is convinced that it is her and in the end, it is obvious that the issue will not be resolved without a formal beauty contest. All three princesses primp and prepare for the big day, but when it comes, will they choose arriving at the competition looking perfect over taking care of the responsibilities of the Princessdom?
Princesses are Not Just Pretty is an enjoyable story that seems to be following all the princess clichés until the day of the beauty contest arrives. Kate Lum’s text and Sue Hellard’s illustrations complement each other well to create a light-hearted and humorous story about the three princesses featured previously in Princesses are Not Quitters and Princesses are Not Perfect.
This is a book with enough princesses frippery and flounce to suit young girls interested in those things, while still sharing a story that has some meaning. There are lofty hairstyles, self-indulgent pampering routines and gorgeous gowns aplenty, but at the end of the day it is the personalities of the princesses that shows how lovely they really are.
Author: Kate Lum
Illustrator: Sue Hellard
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's, $14.99
Publication Date: April 2014
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book