The Princess and the Pony

The Princess and the Pony

by Kate Beaton


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545637084
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/30/2015
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 222,764
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics. Kate is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her cartoons have been featured in the New Yorker. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her online at, or on Twitter as @beatonna.

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The Princess and the Pony 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Princess Pinecone is ready to become a fierce warrior like her parents and everyone else in their kingdom. After years of receiving cozy sweaters, Princess Pinecone is super clear about what she wants this birthday: A big, strong horse fit for a warrior princess. When Pinecone's birthday arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse she expected. Instead she is greeted by a fat, tiny pony that seems to be cross-eyed. But it turns out even surprisingly cute and cuddly ponies can have their place in battle. And so can little warrior princesses in The Princess and the Pony (2015) by Kate Beaton. There is a lot to recommend this picture book starting, right at the beginning, with Princess Pinecone's bi-racial parents and diverse kingdom of warriors. Although Pinecone's pony farts more than is necessary, this is still a fun story and sure to be a crowd pleaser. The Princess and the Pony is a wacky story with the feel of a fractured fairy tale and the humor to match. Beaton's background in comics gives her illustrations a cartoon-like quality. Each illustration is in full color with sharp outlines. The size and motion in each illustration also makes this a great choice to read to a larger group. The Princess and the Pony is an entertaining an enjoyable picture book with whimsy and a kick-butt heroine. Recommended.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
Every warrior needs a pony Princess Pinecone wants a strong horse for her birthday. She is a warrior and needs the horse for her battles. Her parents try hard but they get it all wrong. Princess Pinecone gets a small, cute pony for her present. She does not like it at all. The pony is too small and too round and it farts all the time. Princess Pinecone tries to teach the pony how to be a real warrior horse but it doesn’t work. On the day of the battle, the pony surprises everyone and makes everyone fall in love with it. I liked this book. The pony made me and my three year old brother laugh so hard. A farting pony is really silly. It also sticks out its tongue which made me laugh. My favorite part of the book was when Princess Pinecone took the pony to the battlefield. I didn’t know what to expect. Everyone else was so big. But luckily, this book showed that everyone has different sides to themselves. Even warriors can like cute ponies. I give this book five stars. It would be good for 3-6 year olds. Review by Cameron H., age 5, New Mexico Mensa
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
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. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Yvonne_M More than 1 year ago
The Princess and the Pony By: Kate Beaton This book is packed with positive messages for young children. Kate Beaton takes the love of a princess and adds a humorous twist. As an elementary teacher, this book is a great read aloud that will have students rereading it during independent reading time. Teaching Ideas: *Synthesizing the lesson/moral…Being grateful for what you are given and making the most of it. Most children have been given a gift they didn’t really want and as teachers/parents we want to teach our children to say “Thank you” and be polite. *Easy for young, transitional readers to read independently. *Appeals to girls (princesses) and boys (a farting pony and warriors) *Using parentheses to add internal thinking *Using the various punctuation to guide readers’ fluency Not only will the text make you laugh and provide for teachable topics but the illustrations are remarkable. They have the Middle Ages look with many modern features hidden within. I am excited to share this book with my second graders and add it to our classroom library.