The Princess and the Pony (Hardcover)

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Princess Pinecone is disappointed to get an adorable little pony for her birthday instead of a horse fit for a warrior, but she's determined to take part in the next battle anyway. A entertaining and charming story about a girl that proves to be unconventional both as a princess and as a warrior.




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.

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.

Praise For…

Praise for The Princess and the Pony:

An ALA Notable Children's Book
CBC Children's Choice Book Award Winner (Illustrator of the Year)
Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Book Award Finalist

"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

"It is the perfect, perfect book about girls, gender roles, and adorable ponies." -- Cory Doctorow,

* "[H]ip, modern, and absolutely refreshing... [T]his warrior princess breaks the mold -- and Beaton is in a class of her own." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "It's a smart, brisk story that tosses aside conventional ideas of what princesses (and ponies) are 'supposed' to be." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness." -- School Library Journal, starred review

* "The perfect combination of heartwarming and hilarious." -- Booklist, starred review

Praise for Hark! A Vagrant:

Included on more than twenty Year's Best lists, including Time, E!, Publishers Weekly, and

* "That rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Not only fun, but also a good lead-in for teens who may want to explore authors and events they first discover in the riffs here." -- School Library Journal

Other Awards for Kate Beaton:

2009 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent

2011 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work

2012 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work

2012 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor in Comics

2012 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780545637084
ISBN-10: 0545637082
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: June 30th, 2015
Pages: 40
Language: English