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The Worst Princess [Paperback]

Anna Kemp , Sara Ogilvie
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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26 April 2012
Once upon a time, in a tower near you, Lived a sad princess; the Princess Sue. "Some day," she sighed, "my prince will come, But I wish he'd move his royal bum." But when Princess Sue's prince finally does arrive, he's not quite what she had in mind. Find out how the feisty princess escapes the clutches of her twit of a prince in this funny twist on the traditional princess tale.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847388760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847388766
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ANNA KEMP grew up in a street with a gang of kids and spent her childhood sticker-swapping, playing pac-man and co-ordinating BMX displays. She was a bit of a late reader but now reads a lot in her job at Oxford University where she works on contemporary French literature. Her first picture book DOGS DON'T DO BALLET was published in 2010, FANTASTIC FRANKIE AND THE BRAIN-DRAIN MACHINE is her first young fiction title and will publish in 2011.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with a minor drawback 30 Jun 2012
By Quills
Format:Paperback
My three year old daughter really loved this - the light-hearted and rhyming language made it easy for her to join in, and she loved shouting out the words when she recognised the illustrations.

Princess Sue is a good role model for young girls to identify with, as opposed to the stereotypical portrayals of traditional fairytale princesses. However, I think it's a shame that the strength of her character comes at the expense of the prince's - the story came across as giving the impression that boys are actually quite useless!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiesty and fun 19 Oct 2012
By Kiba
Format:Paperback
We got this book from our local public library and my 3 year old daughter adores it. We have read it multiple times every night since and she already knows a number of the sections off by heart. She enjoys it so much that I plan to get it for her for Christmas.

The vocabulary is a little cheeky in parts adding to it's appeal. It cleverly pokes fun at the standard princess stories with subtle references like growing her plaits which makes the adults reading it get a smile from it too. The princess is fiesty & independant rather than the pretty in pink variety which is a nice change.

The rhyming throughout is really what makes it. It is easy to read and gathers momentum as it progresses allowing kids to anticipate what comes next.

A well deserved 5 stars from us. I will also be having a look at what else this author has to offer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
‘The Worst Princess’ written and illustrated by Anna Kemp is a story about an unusual princess that unlike the others did not want to suffer her (expected) fate.

The young reader will be introduced to Princess Sue who waited for an eternity for prince to come and rescue her from the tower she was imprisoned. But when the beloved prince will finally arrive, her story will not have a happy ending that both Sue and readers expected.

Sue will again become imprisoned, this time inside some other tower in a penthouse, but brave princess will not give up her life and when she will spot an opportunity in a form of mighty dragon, the two of them together will go away from prince to many life adventures ahead…

Anna Kemp made an entertaining and funny children book written in rhymes with a nice message that a time when the princesses should only be beautiful had passed.

Combined with well-made charming illustrations, ‘The Worst Princess’ is a book that teaches about finding own happiness and importance of being yourself, book which will provide a lot of fun for children older than three years so it can be fully recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feminism for young women (and men) 22 Feb 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
How could one fail to love her? She's the "best princess" when I compare her to the others on offer. A book an intelligent woman will not cringe at reading with her daughter, granddaughter, niece, son ... Not just sterling politics, but huge fun - nearly as good as "The Man whose Mother was a Pirate"
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like it so much because it is so funny 9 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like it because the princess wants to be free from the castle. The prince is being a twit because he won't her out when all she wants is to go outside.
The dragon is funny because it drinks tea instead of water.

Elisabeth (5) and Daniel (2)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 25 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my daughters 7th birthday. She loved it. It makes a change to read a different princess story, one where the lead girl doesnt want to be a typical "perfect" princess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 21 April 2014
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Beautifully illustrated book with an equally lovely story to inspire young girls everywhere. Granddaughter - aged three - loved it. Would recommend without hesitation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feisty, funny and a firm favourite 29 Mar 2014
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I bought this for my daughter's 3rd birthday and it is still one of our favourites one year later. Princess Sue is a go-getting girl who makes her own happy ever after when she realises that the life her prince is a sexist twit: "just smile a lot and twist your curls, dragon bashing's not for girls"!

This is a great antidote to traditional princesses who rely on the ubiquitous prince to sort things out. What's more, the pictures are detailed and engaging and the rhymes are spot on. In fact my daughter (quite a girlie girl actually) can recite the whole book by heart and frequently does when I ask her to tell me a story for a change.

Love it. Lots of copies bought for other feisty little females!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Enjoyable book and as other reviews have said, good female role model, which makes a nice change. My 3 and half year old daughter enjoyed it
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Paul H. Mckenna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story, great illustrations
This is my favourite bed time read. Love the illustrations too. Great fun.
Published 1 month ago by KLR
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent of a little girl needs this book in their library
If you hate the gender stereotyping of small children, the obsession with pink, and the all-pervasive sexist assumptions to which even the youngest children are subject these days,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bongo McBongo
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, a hit
This is a book enjoyed by girls and boys, it is a good sign when children laugh out loud at a book. Would also recommend other books by the same author.
Published 7 months ago by Paper mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Promt delivery, great book.......one of our new favourites!!!
Amusing story about a Princess, who is not a standard Princess. Read more
Published 10 months ago by n whiteley
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
Fantastic wee story, perfect for my daughter who thinks traditional fairy tails of princesses are a bit 'silly' now! She loved it!
Published 12 months ago by K. S. Tunley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a lovely story that young females can relate to which is rare. So many stories are much more applicable to to boys and assist in their relationship with themselves, the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Janice Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite book
My 6 year old grandson and I love this book. Princess Sue is so rude! she's quite hilarious. We love her. Lovely illustration too.
Published 13 months ago by bobbiesgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving past the 'Disney Princess' - Empowering girls
I would recommend this book to anyone with a little girl. It is a princess story - but the lesson is that you can be anything you want in this world, even if men (the prince) tell... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Iida
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