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Princess Smartypants [Paperback]

Babette Cole
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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30 May 1996

Babette Cole's riotously funny picture book, Princess Smartypants.

Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to be their Mrs. Find out how Princess Smartypants fights to preserve her independence in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference.

'Babette Cole is ... funny, unrestricted and totally unforgettable' Independent on Sunday.

Babette Cole graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1973 and has been a writer and illustrater ever since. She has produced animated storyboards for the BBC, illustrated numerous greetings cards and books by other authors as well as her own. Babette won The Kurt Maschler Prize for DROP DEAD!. She lives in Lincolnshire with a menagerie of animals.

Other books by Babette Cole:

Princess Smartypants; Long Live Princess Smartypants; Prince Cinders; Bad Habits!; Princess Smartypants Breaks the Rules!; Doctor Dog; The Smelly Book; The Hairy Book; The Slimy Book; The Silly Book; Drop Dead; Nungu and the Hoppopotamus


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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (30 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140555269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140555264
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 25 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Babette Cole is filled with zest for life: she lives in Dorset but travels extensively, to exotic parts of the world but also around Great Britain, visiting schools and meeting children. She is a great animal lover and keeps chickens, sheep, horses, dogs and cats which all find their way into her books.

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About the Author

Babette Cole graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1973 and has been a writer and illustrater ever since. She has produced animated storyboards for the BBC, illustrated numerous greetings cards and books by other authors as well as her own. Babette won The Kurt Maschler Prize for DROP DEAD!. She lives in Lincolnshire with a menagerie of animals.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What our class thinks of Princess Smartypants 23 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
In our class, we have been looking at stories of princesses and this one is great!
It's a really funny story because Princess Smartypants is an extraordinary princess.
She doesn't do normal princess things, in fact she has a really cool motorbike. She is so wild!
The problem is Princess Smartypants does not want to get married so she puts her princes to test. Read the book to find out what they are!
Read to the end because you are in for a big surprise!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book review for princess smarty pants 16 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
Katreece The story is about A very intelligent princess that rides moterbikes and wants to stay a miss. All of the princes like her .Well find out in the book who completes her challenge? I like this book because Smarty pants is untidy just like me and some girls like normal princess but this one is crazy and shes mischevious I would recommend this book to all ages from 1 to 1000! its exselent! I give it 10/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Princess with Girl Power 21 Jun 2002
Format:Paperback
This delightful story is a must for little girls who are brought up on a diet of princesses ever grateful to handsome princes for rescuing them from a life of nothingness. This Princess has her own identity, her own agenda, and an independant outlook. Good for her! Would also be great for little boys who think that it is their purpose in life to go around earning the gratitude of little girls & princesses alike purely because they are little boys/princes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Princess keeps her independance. 4 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Princess Smartypants is pretty and rich so all the princes want to marry her. But Smartypants enjoys being a Ms and fights to maintain her independence. Cole's excellent use of parody in this fast and lively paced version of Cinderella will arouse children's interest and persuade them to reconsider conventional stereotypes. Imaginative, colourful and comic illustrations support the text, which can be used to explore differences and consider which features of the traditional genre have been kept. Great for role-play, transitional and independent readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Princess Smartypants-its fab!! 7 Dec 2005
By Year 3
Format:Hardcover
We are a year 3 class and have used Princess Smartypants in our literacy lessons. We think that the book Princess Smartypants has colourful and funky pictures, she is a strange princess, with horrid and enormous pets. But, overall Princess Smartypants is a fantastic and an exciting book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
We thought that this book was fabulous! This is a book about Princess Smartypants, who is different to all the other princesses in fairytales. She does not want to get married. She has unusual pets such as alligators, dragons and giant snails. The Princess set up tasks for each prince which are impossible and hilarious!

Our favourite part was when one prince had something strange happen to him when he was kissed...

From Year 3/4F

We would recommend this book for anybody aged between 2 and 90!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bumblebee Class' Most Honeylicious Book Review 29 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
We thought Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole was a HUGE HIT!!! It was excellent. We especially liked it when the princess turned Prince Swashbuckle into a toad. We felt sorry for Prince Vertigo, and we thought the motorbike was really cool! We would recomend this book for anyone from 2 - 100.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By 3HW
Format:Paperback
PRINCESS SMARTYPANTS ROCKS!!! Year 3HW have read Princess Smartypants in our Literacy lessons and we loved it! We thought it was exciting, funny and a bit silly. It was also clever, because Princess Smartypants tricked the Princes who wanted to marry her. The pictures were really bright and colourful, the motorbike one was really cool! Princess Smartypants is a scary princess and would make a very scary wife - none of the boys in 3HW want to marry her! We would recommend this book to children at any school, and to boys and girls everywhere. PRINCESS SMARTYPANTS ROCKS!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Princess Smartypants
A very nice childrens book
Published 23 days ago by Dennis C. O'Dell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Excellent funny book think I enjoyed it more than the kids. Original storyline, very witty and lovely ink/watercolour illustrations.
Published 23 days ago by Malia Bi
3.0 out of 5 stars Was recommended as a book that would empower young girls - ...
Was recommended as a book that would empower young girls - I'm all for that but personally found it too strident and a bit humourless. Read more
Published 23 days ago by june
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderfully exciting and fun book to read to young children
This is a wonderfully exciting and fun book to read to young children. Great example of role reversal and dispels gender stereo type,
Published 1 month ago by Ebony S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
Fab story for girls!.. my 5 year old boy even loves it!!! Well worth a read especially for the price!
Published 3 months ago by nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern day princess
A great book, a bit thin thou, about a not so usual princess. Not usual compared to other story-princesses in any case. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Johan L
5.0 out of 5 stars A gift
I used to read this to my own daughter and purchased it for a friends child who has been bombarded with images of helpless dependent young women incapable of independent thought... Read more
Published 7 months ago by avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars A let down
I was looking for an inspiring book for a little girl who loves the typical princess story but with a modern twist on the archaic gender roles which are rife in all the other... Read more
Published 8 months ago by tam
4.0 out of 5 stars Princess Book
I bought this based on other reviews, and I was a little dissapointed. Its not your typical Princess, which appealed to me, shes a bit of a tom boy and loves to have fun. Read more
Published 9 months ago by RainDrops
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic
This book is the perfect present for any little girl who enjoys princess stories, although Princess Smartypants is a princess with a difference! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hannah
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