Princess for a Day: A Clementine and Mungo Story by Sarah Dyer
|Princess for a Day: A Clementine and Mungo Story by Sarah Dyer|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Magda Healey|
|Summary: This should go down well with all girls obsessed with things princessy, while the underlying psychological realism of a relationship between a pair of siblings will make it fun for adults too, and the humour should make it more bearable.|
|Buy? Maybe||Borrow? Maybe|
|Pages: 32||Date: April 2008|
|Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
Princess for a Day is a satisfying story of the trials of siblinghood. One day, Clementine decides that she is to become a princess - for the whole day. And it's her little brother, Mungo, who is to be, well, just about anything, from the maker of crust-less sandwiches to the adoring populace. When it's time to find a prince, Mungo draws on his knowledge of fairy tales to provide one, but when Clementine meets him, she loses some of the enthusiasm for her princess role.
The artwork is modern and arresting, and although it doesn't reach such striking clarity as artwork in Five Little Fiends, it's still cut above many other children's books. As with other examples, though, I have to voice my pet objection which is, why are the characters anthropomorphic animals (pigs, in this case)? But then, this is a convention of many (if not a majority) picture books and most don't seem to mind at all - in fact they translate from the animal figures to 'little girl' and 'little boy' with no problems at all.
Complete with an impressive, pink, fold-out crown in an envelope at the back, Princess for a Day should go down well with all little girls obsessed with things princessy and pink, while the underlying psychological realism of a relationship between a pair of siblings will make it fun for adults too, and the humour (and final, albeit mild, comeuppance) should make it more bearable.
Recommended for female preschoolers.
Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending us the book.
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