Review: Princess Baby, by Karen Katz

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Here is the first book in the Princess Baby collection, followed by the picture book Princess Baby, Night-Night and the board book Princess Baby on the Go!

Poor
baby, no one calls her by her real name! “I am not a buttercup, or a
giggly goose. I am not a cupcake. Please don’t call me Little Lamb, and
never ever Gum Drop,” she insists. With a curtsy and a twirl, again and
again our protagonist makes it abundantly clear who she is. She wears a
shiny crown, a fancy dress, sparkly shoes, a velvet cape, and glittery
jewels. There are more clues too—she dances with princes, has perfect
manners, and makes sure that everyone in her kingdom is happy. Her
persistence pays off in the end, and even the youngest readers will be
cheering, “Princess Baby!”

***

This book was pretty cute.  Baby is getting called all sorts of names (names that I call my children!) but she doesn’t want to be called any of them.  All she wants is to be called by her real name.

She provides a bunch of clues as to what her real name is and then reveals it to her parents and the reader.  If I were to be really picky, I could say that I didn’t like the way she demands that her parents don’t use affectionate nicknames for her.  This may seem silly, but I am constantly trying to teach my own daughters to be respectful and talk nicely to others.  Having Princess Baby yell at her parents to use a different name undermined those efforts.  But, like I said, I actually did like this book and thought it was pretty cute.

This book is available in hardcover, board book, and Kindle versions.

Reading level: Ages 1 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 8, 2008)

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