I bought this book as part of a themed collection but its strengths mean that it bears comparison with any children books. Quite simply, it is one of my favourites. Artistically, it is wonderfully colourful with a range of bright colours and fun textures. There are cunning visual jokes and little details scattered throughout, which means this books repays rereading.
The story begins in a traditional vein, with the prince who must marry so that his mother can retire. The choice of princesses allows the artist and writer to show off their comic skills in a series of one-page princesses, performing before the prince and his mother, completed with a two page spread of the splendid climax, followed by a wedding, celebration and conclusion where nobody is left out, ignored or belittled.
Finally, the main reason why this book is notorious. The same-sex pairing is unproblematic here. For the princes, it is love at first sight, and marriage is the natural result, just as it would be between prince and princess. This is accepted and is a cause for jubilation by the other characters. A more joyous and pleasant take on this theme would be hard to find, making this work a natural choice for those who want their little ones to have a rosier perspective on same-sex romance.