Synopses & Reviews
Princess Smartypants is pretty, rich, and single. She's also clever, headstrong, and independent. So when her parents demand that she finally marry, what's a princess to do? The cunning Smartypants sets up a series of impossible tasks that any suitor is destined to fall. But when Prince Swashbuckle shows up, has the princess finally met her match?
"Clever details add to the fun.... (Cole) presents a new slant on the traditional fairy tale princess in a light-handed, tongue-in-cheek manner. A refreshing alternative". -- School Library Journal
"She's a thoroughly amusing modern princess, kind of like Pippi Longstocking pretending to be Stephanie of Monaco". -- The Washington Post
"The illustrations provide the light-hearted touch that makes the story fun, with plenty of amusing monsters and humorous details". -- Kirkus Reviews
"Originally published in 1986 by Hamish Hamilton Children's Books, London"--T.p. verso.
Princess Smartypants enjoys being an independent Ms. and has no intention of getting married. When family pressure mounts, she agrees to look for a mate but sets the candidates tasks that are impossible. But then Prince Swashbuckle shows up....
"Truly comical watercolors in softly glowing colors complement this fairy tale parody perfectly....A refreshing alternative."
--School Library Journal
About the Author
Babette Cole is the zany, inspired pen and brush behind a number of wildly popular and successful children's books. In a review of The BAD Good Manners Book (Dial), Publishers Weekly hailed her as "a connoisseur of the ridiculous." Ms. Cole lives in Lincolnshire, England.