Monday, February 19, 2007

Princess Justina Albertina

Princess Justina Albertina
written by Ellen Dee Davidson
illustrated by Michael Chesworth
Charlesbridge Publishing
ISBN 978-1-57091-652-6

The title character of this cautionary tale, Princess Justina Albertina, is one of those horrid little girls you love to hate. She's nasty and bratty, spoiled and mean; a despicable twit who could easily give Veruca Salt a run for her money. You know the type.

Her nanny, on the other hand, rocks the casbah. When Justina demands a pet, nanny comes through. When Justina demands a BETTER pet, nanny comes through again. When Justina demands an EVEN BETTER pet, her unflappable, invincible nanny comes through yet again...until Princess Justina Albertina finally gets the pet she deserves.

Heh, heh, heh.

We won't tell you what happens next, but let's just say the princess suffers a fate worse than Veruca's. But lest you wonder whether the finale's a bit too grim for youngsters, rest assured that our unofficial focus group (a spry group of kinders from Ottawa, Illinois) found the ending so delightfully delicious, they immediately asked for seconds...and so will you!

Michael Chesworth's illustrations are a winsome hoot, the perfect accompaniment to Ellen Dee Davidson's wry, clever text. Don't miss this one!


jules said...

I just discovered this picture book and really enjoyed it. I'm going to review it tomorrow and link to your review.

By the way, Andrea, When Giants Come to Play is enormously popular in our home. I love this blog!

Jules at 7-Imp

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