Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants--that's her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . Read more...
Princess Amanita laughs in the face of danger. Brakeless bicycles, pet scorpions, spiky plants--that's her thing. So when quiet Prince Florian gives her roses, Amanita is unimpressed . . . until she sees their glorious thorns Now she "must" have rose seeds of her own. But when huge, honking "noses" grow instead, what is a princess with a taste for danger to do?
For readers seeking a princess with pluck comes an independent heroine who tackles obstacles with a bouquet of sniffling noses. At once lovely and delightfully absurd, here's a story to show how elastic ideas of beauty and princesses can be.
- ISBN-13: 9780803733749
- ISBN-10: 0803733747
- Publisher: Dial Books
- Publish Date: September 2012
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 5-8
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-09
- Reviewer: Staff
Princess Amanita likes poisonous and dangerous things, and she grows them in her garden: her heckle-berries insult passersby and the stink lilies smell “like a mixture of dog food, cabbage, and Limburger cheese.” Cheerful Prince Florian shows up with roses, whose thorns attract Amanita, and she pens a note requesting rose seeds from his gardener. But her handwriting is bad; the seeds grow not roses, but—noses. The rest of the tale is equally unpredictable, but Amanita winds up humbled and more ready to be friends with Florian. Slater (The Sea Serpent and Me) stuffs every sentence with inventive detail, like the grenapes that explode when Florian slices some off the vine. Docampo’s (The House at the End of Ladybug Lane) illustrations have a stylish, edgy feel; Amanita’s tight bodice, made-up eyes, and carefully styled hair give her the air of a pop star, though by the end of the story she’s let her hair down. A sophisticated romp that serves as a reminder that girls can be mean and unpleasant and boys at their mercy. Ages 5–8. Agent: Felicia Eth Literary Representation. Illustrator’s Agent: MB Artists. (Sept.)