Review and Giveaway! The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton #PonyTime


Princess and the Pony FINAL TEXT.pdfThe Princess and the Pony

By Kate Beaton

40 pages – ages 4+

Will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books on June 30, 2015

Synopsis- From the Publisher: “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.

What I Thought- This was a cute picture book set in viking times. Princess Pinecone is a young princess whose parents don’t seem to understand that she’s a warrior princess. They give her cozy sweaters instead of armor and warrior stuff.


I like how this book is about being yourself, and not what society says you are. It also shows that you can make the best out of any situation… and it has farting ponies ha ha ha. The illustrations have just the right amount of detail and they add to the humor in the story. The story isn’t about girls not being able to be warriors – there are plenty pictures in the illustrations. It’s just that Princess Pinecone’s seems to have been labeled more princess than warrior. The twist in the story (at the battle scene) was unexpected, and made me laugh. The book reminds me of one of those fractured fairy tale cartoons. Overall very cute story with a nice message.


I give this book five out of five bookworms.fivebooks

About the Author

Photo credit: Notker Mahr.

Photo credit: Notker Mahr.

Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics which began as a webcomic in 2007. The Princess and the Pony is her first picture book. She is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, andher work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harperโ€™s, and The Best American Comics Anthology. Kate lives in Toronto,and you can find her online at and on Twitter as @beatonna.


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NOT YOUR AVERAGE PRINCESS prize pack!!!!!!! Thanks to the great people at Scholastic, I get to give away TWO copies of THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY !!!

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Scholastic.

All you have to do is comment and next week on July second, I will pick two winners out of all the comments – pretty easy peasy huh? ๐Ÿ™‚ Good Luck!

Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Other Stuff Related to Books and Reading

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37 replies

  1. Erik, I love the message of this book, and the illustrations could not be more adorable. Terrific review!

  2. This really looks lovely Erik. I love the plot and the illustrations. P.s. I am back now and have missed visiting you.

  3. You know picture books aren’t really my thing…and I don’t have any kids who’d still appreciate this book, so don’t add me into the contest…but this review and these pictures made me laugh out loud. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. A misunderstood warrior princess and a farting pony–what’s not to love?!

  5. Love the illustrations. Love to win, though you will have won the review race. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This book sounds super cute. Plus I’ve always wanted a pony. ….unless I’m afraid of ponies. I’m not sure. I am pretty sure I’m afraid of Vikings. And warriors. And possibly princesses.

    Love and licks,

  7. Who doesn’t love a warrior princess. Can’t wait to read this book. Coincidentally, I’ve been reading a lot of princess books this week and so your review is timely.

  8. My grandchildren will love this book, a Viking princess whose parents don’t understand she is a warrior. The illustration paints a thousands word. Thank you!

  9. Love, love, love those illustrations. And funnily enough I was just thinking last week that I wanted to write a Viking picture book!

  10. We have students that would love the message of this book.

  11. Sounds like kids at my library will love this book. Another one of our faves is _Princesses are Not Perfect_ by Kate Lum. There really can’t be too many books on this topic, right? I also just enjoyed reading Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? – Coyle, Carmela LaVigna (Author)

  12. What a lovely review! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  13. I would like this book for my kids!

  14. This looks like a wonderful book and I would love to read it to my grandchildren.

  15. My friend’s daughter loves princess dresses and horses, so I know she’d love this story!

  16. You had me at “farting pony.”

  17. My son would enjoy this book

  18. This book looks adorable, my daughter would love it!


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