The First Adventures of Princess Peony
Walker Books, 2018
64pp., hbk., RRP $A19.99
Once upon a time there was a dear little girl called Peony.That’s P.E.O.N.Y. And it’s me. I live in a Castle with my Dragon whose name is Totts. That’s T.O.T.T.S And that makes me a Princess if you really want to know.
This afternoon Princess Peony is in her Royal Gardens practising princessy things with her pet dragon (which bears a remarkable resemblance to a dog) such as being obeyed and taking her “dragon” on very long walks. But when her big brother (aka Prince Morgan the Troll) ventures into the game and builds a bear trap for the bears that might escape from the local zoo, she has to draw on all her courage and resourcefulness to sort out the consequences.
What follows is a rollicking story that will appeal to young girls who dream of being a princess themselves and dress up and pretend. Princess Peony believes very much in this world that her imagination has created, inspiring readers to let their own imaginations roam into their own Royal World, in what is the first of a series. To help them, there is a guide to being a princess at the end, which includes a list of pre-requisites which could find their way into the Christmas stocking of any potential princess.
The text is very dependent on the illustrations, which are all pretty in pink themselves, and so it is a book that can be a read-aloud or one that supports the newly-independent reader.