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I Want To Be (Little Princess)


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A Little Princess Story

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Tony Ross was born in London in 1938. His dream was to work with horses but instead he went to art college in Liverpool. Since then, Tony has worked as an art director at an advertising agency, a graphic designer, a cartoonist, a teacher and a film maker - as well as illustrating over 250 books!


PreS-Gr 1-A funny British import about a little princess in a long white dress and a big gold crown who wants to grow up to become a perfect adult. She wanders around the palace asking the queen, the king, the cook, the general, the admiral, the prime minister, and the doctor for their advice. They tell her to be kind, loving, clean, brave, good at swimming, clever, and healthy. She contemplates all of these demanding suggestions while sitting on her potty. Then she turns to the maid, who gives her an eminently sensible answer, which is followed by a winning surprise ending. Amusing, bright, full-page watercolor cartoons show the royal parents in a mismatched business suit and house dress; the brave general being terrified by mice; the admiral wading in a tub with toy boats; the doctor covered with red, measly spots; and other entertaining details. One or two lines of succinct text per page tell the story, which is great for reading aloud.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA

"A must for any parent and child." The Guardian "Hilarious and a godsend to parents." The Daily Mail "The Little Princess has huge appeal to toddlers and Tony Ross's illustrations are brilliantly witty." Practical Parenting

The impish princess from I Want My Potty announces that ``the time has come to grow up,'' but she's not at all sure how to go about it. ``What is the best way to be?'' she asks of royal family members and staff--and receives a colorful, sometimes confusing array of responses. Her mother instructs her to be kind, like her father; her father suggests she be loving, like her mother; the cook tells her to be clean (as he sticks a finger in his nose and mice scamper about his filthy floor); the prime minister, perplexed about the obvious (where to place the last piece of a puzzle), directs her to ``be clever''; and the doctor--covered with pox--counsels her to be healthy. Finally, the maid turns the question around to usher in a sweet--but not overly so--ending. Ross's pictures contain lively caricatures and details that will elicit giggles: in the kitchen, the princess wears a saucepan on her head, underneath her crown; and exposes her bottom as she chases spiders from the bath. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)

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