The Princess and the Pony (Hardcover)
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Kate Beaton is much loved for her comedic take on history through the webcomic Hark! A Vagrant., and she brings the same irreverent adorableness to her first picture book. Princess Pinecone is a tiny girl in a land of large warriors, and when she asks for a warhorse for her birthday, well meaning parents get her...a pony. A fat little pony. A cuddly pony that Princess Pinecone will do her best to turn into a horse worthy of helping her win a Great Battle.
Sometimes great warriors need cuddling too.
Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...
From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.
About the Author
An ALA Notable Children's Book
CBC Children's Choice Book Award Winner (Illustrator of the Year)
Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Book Award Finalist
"I don't know how you make such a pretty book that has heart and wisdom and also a farting pony, but Kate Beaton does, and we are lucky that she does." -- Jon Klassen, Caldecott-winning creator of This Is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back
"It is the perfect, perfect book about girls, gender roles, and adorable ponies." -- Cory Doctorow, boingboing.net
* "[H]ip, modern, and absolutely refreshing... [T]his warrior princess breaks the mold -- and Beaton is in a class of her own." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "It's a smart, brisk story that tosses aside conventional ideas of what princesses (and ponies) are 'supposed' to be." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness." -- School Library Journal, starred review
* "The perfect combination of heartwarming and hilarious." -- Booklist, starred review
Praise for Hark! A Vagrant:
Included on more than twenty Year's Best lists, including Time, E!, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon.com.
* "That rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Not only fun, but also a good lead-in for teens who may want to explore authors and events they first discover in the riffs here." -- School Library Journal
Other Awards for Kate Beaton:
2009 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent
2011 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work
2012 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work
2012 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor in Comics
2012 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist