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The Princess and the Pony

By Kate Beaton


Introducing Kate Beaton, a major new picture book talent, and author/illustrator of #1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant!

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 VagrantThe Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.

Advance Praise for The Princess and the Pony

"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


Reviews and Awards

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015
An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Notable Book for Reading and Sharing
A Booklist Editors' Choice 2015
A 2016 ALSC Notable Children's Book

⋆ “Cinematic in layout and perfectly set-dressed, each page will elicit a new round of giggles. Beaton blurs the boundaries of traditional storytelling, marrying fantasy elements to pop culture with a free-associative swagger. This emerging genre, with its zinelike irreverence and joyful comedy, is hip, modern, and absolutely refreshing. Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!) - and have it all make such wonderful sense? Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold - and Beaton is in a class of her own.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⋆ “Beaton champions a bouquet of affirming themes: strong girls, acceptance of difference, and battling with nothing more violent than dodgeballs, spitballs, and other related objects. It’s a smart, brisk story that tosses aside conventional ideas of what princesses (and ponies) are “supposed” to be.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

⋆ “Chunky, colorful digital illustrations provide plenty of detail to keep readers entertained… A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness.” - School Library Journal, starred review

⋆ “Beaton’s offbeat, colorful cartoon style makes great use of expressive brows, exaggerated figures, and huge eyeballs for maximum cuteness, and she stuffs each spread with hilarious details. Little ones will surely empathize with Pinecone’s aspirations to be big and powerful, but it’s Beaton’s expert comedic timing that will rein them in for the long haul. The perfect combination of heartwarming and hilarious.” - Booklist, starred review

“This is the first foray into picture books for Beaton, author of the popular Hark! A Vagrant webcomic, and her signature wit is on display here…. This is a princess book that could break gender boundaries, appealing to fans of Scieszka and other irreverent authors, and it will provide a stepping stone to early graphic novels.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


Purchase Options
Indiebound • Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Summer 2015
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-63708-4
Price: $17.99 / $20.99
Trim Size: 11" x 9"
Page Count: 40
Foreign Rights: The Gernert Company
Translation Rights: The Gernert Company
Rights Available? yes