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Princess Smartypants (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 27 Jan 2000
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With a well-known princess, three fed-up bears and a parade of motorcycling grannies, this is a great take of fairy tales and a highly enjoyable read. (Parents in Touch)
Princess Smartypants is confident, brilliant and resourceful (and she definitely doesn't need a prince to help her rule over her kingdom of Totaloonia!). A great step up from early readers for 6-8 year olds, who will love the black and white illustrations peppered through the book. (The School Run)
Engaging, funny and informative. (Women in Science) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Join Princess Smartypants in a hilarious action-packed adventure. This time our feisty princess must attempt to save Wonderland! --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
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In nearby Fairy Tale Land there is a problem in this book. Forget all about Fairy Godmothers, as the 'Fairy Geek Mothers' have set up a website, offering wishes. This has predictably disastrous consequences and it is up to Princess Smartypants, and her friends, to solve the issue and put all back to right. As always, this is a funny, smart book, with a great heroine. Babette Cole wrote some wonderful children's books in her time, but this is probably the character she will be most remembered for and her books will continue to delight children.
In this story there is trouble afoot in Fairytale Land. “All the stories are going wrong.” The reason is because someone has stepped in to replace Fairy Godmothers and their three wishes with a website. On this website “customers can order as many [wishes] as they like and most people are choosing bad ones.” Of course Araminta Allspell the witch is behind it, with the help of three Fairy Geek Mothers that she got in a deal when buying a smartphone, and Araminta’s making a lot of fairyflonks (money). It is left to Princess Smartypants to deal with the fairytale disasters.
So goes off to find some famous fairytale characters to help them whilst unaware of Araminta’s wider plan. “The government of Fairytale Land will pay anything for a wish to put its fairytales right again. The price will be their kingdom. Once we have control of Fairytale land, we can get rid of that know-it-all Princess Smartypants and take over her kingdom of Totaloonia.”
This book is well written with good characters, Princess Smartypants having first appeared 30 years previous. The story is enjoyable with plenty of quality and funny pictures along the way. It was released after the author’s death and there is a nice dedication to her at the book beginning. She must surely have been proud of her work and of her Princess Smartypants.
A great fun, undemanding read.
Adults who enjoy Terry Pratchett's fiction and have worked through his few books for younger children will probably find this much to their liking.
In this story, fairytales are going very wrong, Red Riding Hood's Grandmother has checked in to a retirement home with a suspiciously hairy receptionist, Goldilocks' porridge has become a very moving experience and Baby Bear is complaining that his bed is cold...
It's a surreal delight.Many of the young parents reading this will possibly remember Smartypants from their own childhood. I came across her as a registered childminder and it was lovely to meet her again, some twenty seven years later.
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