May 13, 2011
Pretty Princess Pig by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Sam Williams
Pretty Princess Pig has a big day ahead. Today is her big tea party. A tea party calls for a party dress, a clean house, a spiffed up dining room, a carefully set table, flowers and cakes.
Unfortunately, the only step Pretty Princess Pig completes without making a huge mess is putting on her party dress – Step 1. As you might expect, by the time the guests arrive, things are pulled together but also a huge mess. Still, no one says a word as they graciously accept her hospitality.
Williams illustrations are incredibly expressive. You can easily see Pretty Princess Pig’s eagerness to make things perfect for her guests as well as their dismay at the disarray that greets them.
I’m not a princess fan but I had great sympathy for Pretty Princess Pig. I’m still the one who constantly has something smeared across her clothes, a lock of hair in her face and either pet hair or my own hair dangling about.
I’ve seen this book called a “board book.” Don’t order it expecting heavy cardboard pages. That said the construction is sturdier than your standard picture book with a padded cover and heavy high gloss pages.
Pick up a copy to share with mess-maker in your life who is both girly and chaos on the hoof. Together you can share this story that is gently sweet and funny all at the same time. I’m just waiting for a certain someone’s birthday to pass a copy on.