The Princess Who Had No Kingdom

The Princess Who Had No Kingdom

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Once there was a princess who had no kingdom. All she had was a pony and cart, and a red umbrella to keep her dry from the rain. What she lacked in wordly possessions though, she made up for in kindness, cleverness and beauty - qualities that made all the rich princes with kingdoms to spare want to marry her. But what is a kingdom without love?

A wise and witty modern-day fairytale from Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author, Ursula Jones. Brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb's exquisite art.
Publisher: London : Orchard, 2010.
ISBN: 9781846167997
184616799X
Characteristics: 1 v. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gibb, Sarah

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skyekilaen
Nov 22, 2016

So whimsical, in a good way! The princess with no kingdom rides through the land with a cart and a pony, making her living delivering items you can't mail. She hopes to find her kingdom someday, but in the meantime she has a pretty good life (and a good head on her shoulders, in my opinion). A chance meeting with dowager duchess Wilhelmina leads to an invitation to a royal ball. At the ball, there's a quarrel between potential suitors... and an ending that isn't what you'd expect, but is far more lovely thanks to the Princess's good sense.

I do have two complaints. First, the foil on the cover seems gratuitous when Sarah Gibb's art is so charming. Second, I'm a little done with depictions of women in art where their waists are cinched in to be only slightly bigger than their necks. Historical accuracy just isn't that important unless you're curating a museum exhibit! Still, I do love this book.

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eecrites
May 21, 2016

This book is worth it for the pictures alone. Beautiful silhouette style illustrations accompany a sweet story that unfortunately does lose a little steam at the end.

FindingJane Mar 16, 2016

This picture book is whimsical and tender without being too treacly. While we can see whom the princess will eventually marry, the road towards this foregone conclusion isn’t quite so straight and narrow.

The illustrations are simply divine, artfully mixing black silhouettes with splashes of color. I almost expect this to be a pop-up book, since they convey the same sense of two-dimensional pictures that are meant to be three dimensional.

The only real problem I had with it is with a glaring lack of names where they are needed. The titular princess doesn’t have a name. Her would-be husband doesn’t get a name. The dowager duchess has a name as do the princes who bid for the princess’s hand in marriage. Even the horse is called Pretty! But the PWHNK goes without one.

What kind of sense does that make? This book has important messages to convey to small kids, ones about being kind, generous, helpful and good natured, trying to find yourself or your place in the world no matter what anybody thinks and seeing people for who they really are instead of what they wear. But they can’t be bothered to give their central characters names instead of labels? Pfft.

This book is truly beautiful to look at and read but I suggest that future re-prints correct these errors.

cmlibrary_ecrites Feb 27, 2016

Absolutely stunning illustrations. My daughter and I enjoyed finding all the cute little details on every page. Strong story from the beginning but it loses steam and the ending falls a bit flat. It is a joy to look at throughout and the beautiful silhouettes make the lackluster ending worth it for me.

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fiferboy
Jan 26, 2015

Love the illustrations, especially all the silhouettes! The story is just average though.

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mmcbeth29
Nov 08, 2014

The Princess who had no kingdom traveled everywhere looking for her kingdom. She did not waste her time or act better than everyone else. She put her traveling to good use by making money delivering hard to carry items. She visited as a princess in many fine homes as any good princess should. She went to the king's coronation. But of all the prince's who offered her a kingdom for her hand in marriage, it is the court jester who steals her heart.

The illustrative style of this book is very different. It reminds of something from the Victorian era. Many times the characters are drawn as silhouettes while only certain parts of the page are in color. This makes the pictures intriguing. The illustrations are gorgeous in a sophisticated way and the details draw the eye.

The story is also unique. Not your typical princess meets prince and they fall in love. Both characters are hard working and see what really matters in life.

I highly, highly recommend this book. The story may be too mature for the littlest ones, but would be enjoyed by ages 5-6 and up.

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Nov 21, 2016

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Jan 26, 2015

fiferboy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

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Nov 08, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

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