The second book in Nette Hilton's irresistible emerging readers series for self-described princesses who dislike waiting around for things (especially princes) and can't resist a challenge from a troll (big brother).
Princess Peony has zero interest in waiting for a unicorn, a fairy princess or a silly prince until the Troll (her brother) tells her she'll never get one because she's not even a real princess. Then, The lovely Princess decides a Prince on a horse, with a big JUMPING LEAPING HOUND AND A SAVAGE LION OR TWO would be VERY handy. Trolls are to be ignored but sometimes they’re ASKING for it, if you really want to know. As only she can, Princess Peony manages to prove that she's a Princess and make her brother think he's a Prince, which he absolutely doesn't want to be. Of course, only she can turn him back into a Troll and restore order to the kingdom.
This will involve some kissing, some frogs and a lot of surprises.
- Nette Hilton's A Proper Little Lady picture book is an Australian Classic, and this series has that same sort of sensibility. It's for creative, feisty, opinionated little girls who will grow into the Princess in Black series next.
- This is a series that encourages imaginative play. Peony is an ordinary girl who sees herself as a princess. This isn't a game to her; it's real. And readers can imagine their own royal worlds, especially when they take the princess quiz at the end of the book.
- The hardcover, large trim size and two-colour interior makes this a perfect gift, with packaging reminiscent of the Ruby Red Shoes series by Kate Knapp.
About the Illustrator
Lucinda Gifford was brought up in Scotland and originally intended to become an architect, studying Architecture at Edinburgh and Bath Universities. Lucinda’s love of drawing buildings was cancelled out at the time by an overwhelming disinterest in construction sites. These days, Lucinda lives with her family in Melbourne’s northern suburbs – and works as an illustrator, author-illustrator and graphic designer from her cosy, messy home studio.