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The Prince's New Pet

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  284 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews

The Prince's birthday was just like every other day in his father's kingdom-drab, gloomy, and completely colorless. Years ago the Prince's father had banned all color from the kingdom, so the Prince now received the same gray gifts wrapped in the same gray paper and ate the same gray birthday cake, while outside gray skies loomed. But when a special package arrives at his
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Roaring Brook Press
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Elaine Shipley-pope
Oct 11, 2015 Elaine Shipley-pope rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-children-s
I grabbed this book at the library because it was different then most children's books and I was very intrigued.
It's about a kingdom where a King, who at the loss of his wife, banishes the thing she loved most and therefore would remind him of her. Color.

The Prince received a strange gift on his birthday and it leads him on a grand adventure that leads him down in the dungeon to the royal painter.

It's a very interesting book and I myself enjoyed it. It started out so dark and then ends in brig
Melissa Mcavoy
Brain Anderson has created a beautiful book. His lush grey backgrounds, enlivened by detailed scratchy black line drawings, attract children and adults. There is a Goth charm to his illustrations reminiscent of Edward Gory and Tim Burton. The addition of Anderson’s comics sensibility, he is the author of the Dog eat Doug strip, ensures kids, and not just adults, are entertained by the art. The all grey environment of Prince Viridian’s world is the result of his mother’s death. Queen Perylene, (a ...more
May 13, 2015 Marsha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children
Drab, dreary, depressing—those are the moods one associates with gray and black colors. The book certainly fulfills that expectation. But the simple line drawings do not bore but convey a range of texture, mood and expression. Mr. Anderson proves that in the skilled hand of a true artist, even grays can be expressive.

The story itself is a uncomplicated one. Words take turns with pictures to tell a story of an entry of a magical, many-hued creature called the Wooglefoof that brings joy and pleas
Sep 28, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
The Prince's New Pet was a delightful surprise. I read the story to my two kids today, ages 5 & 6 and the both loved it. Even I, as an adult, found the art to be visually appealing. I love the effect of the blacks and greys, with just tiny pops of super vivid colors. The art work was also very, very well done.

The story captivated the kids attention and they kept trying to rush ahead to see what happened next. They also enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on, on the pages that had no
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Catherine Toca
Feb 25, 2015 Catherine Toca rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-291
This is a great story for kids to read to get them to start thinking about moving from picture books to books with heftier plots.

It is Prince Veridian's birthday and he is glum. Since his mother died, his father banished all color from the kingdom. From that day on, everything was a shade of gray. The Prince is dreading going to his own birthday party knowing that all of his present and cake will be in grayscale. Upon arrival, his thoughts are confirmed. There is no color to be seen. That's whe
Lindsay Rains
Sep 08, 2014 Lindsay Rains added it
Shelves: libs-642
Anderson, B. (2011). The Prince’s New Pet. New York: Roaring Book Press.

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This picture book is about a prince who has secretly received a new colorful pet on his birthday. However, his father has not allowed anything colorful into the kingdom since his wife passed away and takes the pet from his son. The prince ends up going on an adventure to find the pet, but comes back with even more. The illustrations are mostly dark, with the occasion
Deanne Hyde boilesen
Our prince is a friend who is lonely and sad. I know we all have had times were we have been sad and had to find ways to use our imaginations to not be lonely. He wonders what his world would look like if color came back. His dad, the king, banished color after his mom died. What will happen if he finds color? What do you think he will do? How might he find ways to use color and not be lonely?

Opening Moves: Raise interest in topic or theme, raise questions in the readers' minds, and prompt the l
May 12, 2015 Go rated it really liked it
This had a Tim Burton feel to it, which I appreciate. The entire kingdom was drab, cloaked in gray as it was devoid of all color. The King was sad after his wife died so he had a royal color catcher remove all the colors to avoid any reminders of her since she loved colorful things. Even titles for royalty were plain. “He shuffled past the Duchess of Humdrum, the Archduke of Monotonous, the Baroness of Blah, and other members of the royal court.” Sad empty frames adorned the walls that once show ...more
Jun 13, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
In a world devoid of color, a young prince receives a most unusual gift on his birthday. A rainbow colored pet that immediately raises all kinds of trouble from the moment it emerges from its box. The king, broken-hearted over the loss of his wife (a lot like The Tale of Despereaux) has banned all color from his kingdom as a way of mourning his beloved queen. This has made the world dreary and grey, and allowed a power hungry villain to rise in prominence as the king's color snatcher. Of course, ...more
Amanda Library
Mar 07, 2016 Amanda Library rated it really liked it
All the color has been banned from the kingdom! A Prince is rescued by a female artist, evil is defeated and all because of a little colorful creature that appears out of nowhere! It's very cute, but I wish there would have been more about the colorful creature that starts everything.

Older kids would enjoy this one, not exactly great for a storytime as it would probably run a little longer than the kids could handle in one sitting.

Edward Scissorhands vibe and drawings. Engaging for parents and
Jan 12, 2012 Klgrissom rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book is very well done. It is a graphic novel for kids (so not a novel, but short story), there are words in it, but there are whole pages where parts of the story are actually progressing, and there are no words, so If you don't pay attention to the pictures the story is jumpy. BUT if you pay attention to the pictures it flows well.

I think kids would really like the book, but initially you may have to direct their eyes to the correct pictures at the correct time.

The story is about a real
Aparna Singh
Feb 14, 2012 Aparna Singh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I recieved this book a few minutes ago today and the moment I tore open the packaging I fell in love with it. I couldn't resist from turning the pages and finishing the story once I started reading. The beautiful illustrations just drew me in and held me there.

The story goes like this...
There's a little Prince Viridian who lives in a kingdom where all color has been banned by King Cerulean, the Prince's father, to mourn his dead wife.
It was Viridian's birthday and amidst the dull boring party o
Mar 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: ala, arc, picture-books
Something about this book didn't quite work, but I can't figure out what. It has an interesting premise - when the beloved, color-loving queen dies, the heart-broken king banishes all color from the kingdom. The prince grows up in a grey world, until he receives a bright, rainbow-colored pet for his birthday. The court-appointed color catcher turns out to be evil, happy to do away with the prince along with his colorful pet so that he (the color catcher) can somehow end up in charge of the kingd ...more
Jul 26, 2014 Emilyn rated it liked it
A cute short book, a little dark/Gothic style, but simple story. Reminded me of something I might have dreamed about before. Also reminded me of a much bigger book by contrast(published for adults but I read the first book when I was thirteen) called Auralia's Colors (not big as in 500 pages, but in contrast to the little thin book this one is) that was much more developed as a story (the Auralia Thread series has been my favorite fantasy series for a long time now).
Sharon Lawler
Mar 05, 2014 Sharon Lawler rated it really liked it
After the Queen dies, the king has color removed from the kingdom by the power hungry Color Catcher, with the result being an intricate a world drawn in dreary gray and black. When the Prince receives a very colorful pet for his birthday, a sequence of events is set in motion which will lead to a 'happily ever after" ending. Fantastic artwork.
Mar 10, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
King Cerulean bans color from his kingdom after the queen dies on the Prince's 2nd birthday. The queen loved color, so every time the King saw any color at all, it reminded him of her. The poor Prince is so tired of gray! He receives an extraordinarily colorful pet for his birthday which is immediately taken away from him by the villianous Color Catcher. When the Prince searches for his pet in a dungeon, the Color Catcher tries to capture the Prince! You'll have to read it to find out how color ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 20, 2015 Ms Threlkeld rated it really liked it
A very different picture book, in terms of format and style. Some readers by have a hard time following the action, while others will understand the frames right away. I loved the unique color references and the colorful pet was darling.
Mar 02, 2014 Briana rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Notes: Beautiful, original artwork. Unique style for a picture book. The story is part scary, part fun. Sometimes the plot requires readers to just look at the pictures, and the words pick it up later. Loved it.

Full review to come.
Jul 18, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
While I enjoyed the Tim Burton/Edward Gorey-esque illustrations, the story fell kinda flat. The premise is good - a King is so sad at the loss of his color-loving Queen that he bans all color from the kingdom. The Prince wants to change this, and on his birthday receives a colorful creature called a "wooglefloof". But the King's Color-Catcher, well, catches the creature and throws him in the dungeon. The dialogue read like a Disney movie, and the ending was rather abrupt. WHY did the King decide ...more
Mar 23, 2012 Camille rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-bks
This book was really enjoyable! Its about a kingdom turned colorless by a grieving king and his evil color-catching right hand and a prince who wants to bring the color back.
The prince is kind of a hero, but the circumstances are really what turn the situation around in this story. I would phrase it like Jurassic Park: Color always finds a way! He gains a couple sidekicks as the story progresses. There is definitely a villain: the color catcher. And the grieving king is just sad and reminds me
Jan 26, 2012 Lissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The prince's mother loved colors, and the kingdom overflowed with them. When she died, the heartbroken king banished all color from the kingdom, unable to bear reminders of his beloved queen. The prince and the kingdom grow listless in their black, white, and grey world. Then, on the prince's birthday, he is given a new pet. Can the prince protect his colorful new friend from the evil color catcher? Will color ever return to the kingdom?

The art is wonderful and engaging, and the few colors explo
Apr 19, 2013 Kendra rated it it was ok
Honestly, I was somewhat disappointed by this book, albeit it was... okay. The illustrations were the saving grace of the book for me. They were what made me pick up this book initially anyway. It's sad though that I judged a book based off of its cover, and then its looks were the only thing that I liked. The plot is cute enough. I just don't think that the writing did it justice. A world of darkness, and then all of the sudden, a Prince's pet helps to turn on the light... This should've been a ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Mama rated it really liked it
This was cute/dreary. Read it for a bedtime story. Think it may have been better for older kids (8yrs?). The artwork is awesome!!! I ad-libed a lot, so the kids really did enjoy it.
Mar 19, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it
I wavered between three and four stars. I love the artwork and illustrations that went into this children's book, but the story is a bit lacking and came out sounding too bland.
Jan 09, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
A great picture book for young elementary students. After the queen died, color was banished from the kingdom. The prince is depressed and wants to change that. He receives a wooglefoof for his birthday that is a brightly colored fluffy animal. The color catcher tries to snatch it and they end up deep in the dungeon. A surprise ending brings happiness to the kingdom. Dark pen and ink drawings bring this story to life, but also make it best suited for small grou or individual readings. The woogle ...more
Maddie Jaques
Jan 24, 2015 Maddie Jaques rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. The artwork was FANTASTIC and I know LOTS of children would love and do love the artwork style.
Apr 18, 2013 Rora rated it liked it
major pros: scratchy, wobbly pen and ink style and dark, grey layouts that cause controlled use of color to pop. Much comedy in the illustrations, including several panels that are purely visual.

major cons: there's a whole lot forced into this story, and i think it got over-condensed. I feel like some bits can be taken out, or else the existing story can be expanded into a graphic novel, but there's something wrong with the pacing.

Definitely a lap book. Lots of quirks to look at in the linear qu
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 21, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it it was ok
Shelves: color, pets
The queen dies the king does away with all color until his son receives a colorful pet for his birthday. Will color come back to the kingdom?
Sep 30, 2014 Betsey rated it liked it
Pretty pictures but a weird message and too many plot holes!
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Creator of the syndicated comic, "Dog eat Doug". Upcoming books include "Monster Chefs" and "The Conjurers" series from Crown Books.

Lifelong Whovian, magician and puppet enthusiast. Dreams of being stranded on a space station with Ernest Hemingway, Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker and Guillermo Del Toro.
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