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The Princess and the Absolutely Not a Princess Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Wunsch, Emma, Von Innerebner, Jessika (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1419733745     ISBN-13: 9781419733741
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: February 2019
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Princess Miranda does not want to go to school. She wants to shoe shop, plan parties, and decorate the castle. 
 
Maude cannot wait for school. She loves rules and social justice and getting good grades. She also loves hard-boiled eggs, much to Miranda’s dismay. When a tense first week of school results in Maude getting excluded from the Royal Birthday Party, Maude decides she’s found her first fight for social justice: a birthday boycott.
 
This hilarious, heartfelt chapter-book series teaches empathy, and reminds us that your very best friend could be one desk away.


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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Schools; Fiction.
Princesses; Fiction.
Social action; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2019003126
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Series: Miranda and Maude
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.50" H x 5.25" W x 0.55" (0.32 lbs) 131 pages
 
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Contributor Bio(s):
Emma Wunsch is the author of The Movie Version, a young adult novel. She lives in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Visit her online at emmawunsch.com. Jessika von Innerebner is an artist who’s worked with clients including Disney, Nickelodeon, Highlights, and Fisher-Price. She lives in Kelowna, Canada. Visit her online at jessvoni.com.
 


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring)
Princess Miranda is clean, organized, and into fancy shoes; chicken-raising, social-justice activist Maude is the complete opposite. Natural differences and misunderstandings make these third graders instant enemies, but after both girls show their empathy, a unique friendship develops. Wunsch tells this series-starting tale of unlikely friendship with plenty of humor and imagination, and the illustrations capture the girls' vastly different worlds with lively detail. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Miranda, a quintessential princess, has led an isolated castle life, educated by a "very old royal tutor... who came at noon, napped at one, and left promptly at two." Now her parents are sending her to school, which Miranda knows she will "absolutely, positively hate." She's right: academically, she lags behind the other third graders, who stare and snicker at her, and she gets off on the wrong foot with loner Maude, who roller-skates to school, raises chickens, and aspires to be a social justice advocate. When Miranda excludes Maude from her birthday party, Maude galvanizes her peers to boycott the fete, a move that—in a satisfyingly ironic finale—creates a bond between the princess and non-princess, and each finds her first friend. Von Innerebner (the Ellie Ultra series) includes telling details in the expressive black-and-white illustrations that help limn the differences between the two girls (such as Miranda's abhorrence of hard-boiled eggs versus Maude's love of them, thanks to her beloved hens). With a light touch and humor, Wunsch (The Movie Version), launching the Miranda and Maude chapter book series, underscores the value of eschewing stereotypes. Ages 7–10. Author's agent: Rachel Orr, Prospect Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kelly Sonnack, Andrea Brown Literary. (Aug.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Gr 2–4—When Princess Miranda Rose Lapointsetta's royal tutor decides to retire, she must head to school and join the class in 3B. Maude Brandywine Mayhew Kaye is also in 3B and has the luck, or misfortune, of being seated next to her fancy new classmate. The girls soon realize that they are too different to be friends and quickly become enemies. Princess Miranda hates nothing more than hardboiled eggs. Maude is very proud of the chickens she raises with her father and brother at her ramshackle treehouse. The rivalry escalates as the girls passive-aggressively try to tolerate sitting next to each other, and ultimately culminates with Miranda discovering unflattering pictures of herself in Maude's journal, which leads her to not invite Maude to her royal birthday party. At its core, this is a book about feeling different, making uninformed judgments about others, trying new things, and finding acceptance. Simple cartoon-style illustrations are a nice break from the text and add life to the characters. Advanced vocabulary and an overuse of umlauts may confuse and deter brand-new readers and English language learners. VERDICT With so many books available about unlikely friends and understanding people's differences, this is an additional purchase.—Erica Deb, Matawan Aberdeen Public Library, NJ

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.
 
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