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Princess Smartypants

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  1,099 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married; she'd rather live with her pets. Commanded by her parents to find herself a husband, the Princess sets tasks for her horde of suitors. All of the potential husbands fail miserably as the gleeful Princess looks on — until Prince Swashbuckle appears. . . .
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 7th 2005 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published March 18th 1987)
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My friends may be surprised that I'm only giving this book 3 stars, because it's about an independent princess who outwits all her would-be suitors so she can live by herself, take care of her pets, and have a good time. And I do like the story... yet, I can't quite put my finger on it, but... books like this and the Paper Bag Princess seem to reinforce the idea that, in order to be a feminist and be independent, (1) you have to be mean to men, because they are bad, and (2) you have to be alone. ...more
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: girls fascinated with princesses
Princess Smartypants does not want to get married because she likes being a Ms. She wants to live her own life. Her parents want her to get married. She outwits her suitors and lives happily ever after because she doesn't get married.

I LOVE this book! What other book for kids says that girls don't have to get married and can have a complete and happy life without Prince Charming?

Princess Smartypants is my hero!

Every kid needs to read this book!
My seven year old girls had to reprimand me for my treatment of books as I was hurling this across the floor. From the lowbrow names of "Prince Pelvis, Swimbladder, Boneshaker, Grovel etc. and the overall disrespectful, non-familial attitudes to the man-hating, lying, deal breaking princess this book was feminist rubbish from top to bottom. Even the illustrations left nothing to recommend. I hate to be contrary, but I had to run for the mouthwash to get this bad taste out.
Someone gave this to Owen for an early birthday. He allowed me to read it to him one time, because there were animals in it, but since it had a plot and human characters, it was not a favorite of his. I, on the other hand, thought it clever and fun, and I've read it to several appreciative children since then.
Petra X
I know Babette Cole. She has a little-girl English voice, sometimes little-girl clothes, lives on a boat for half the year and is altogether entertaining and eccentric. Although she has written prolifically she says she actually makes her money from selling the original paintings that illustrate her books. And those paintings are superb.
Jusna Begum
This story is about an unconventional princess who doesn’t want to get married. She likes to spend time with her unusual pets and ride her motorbike. When suitors come to marry her she teaches all the princes a lesson by giving them horrible challenges to overcome so they run away. All except one prince who is very clever and passes all the challenges set by princess smartypants. She isn’t amused and teaches him an ultimate lesson. Princess Smartypants kisses the prince and he turns into a frog. ...more
Babette Cole has written many children’s books that seem to feature rebellious children. “Princess Smartypants” is certainly no exception. Babette Cole’s princess story has everything that both an adult and child would gladly appreciate: great sense of humor and a beautiful message about being yourself and standing up for what you believe is right.

Babette Cole did a marvelous job on both the story and the illustrations. The illustrations are as hilarious as they are exuberant. Babette Cole prod
Esther Grace Watts
Princess Smartypants (Bengali and English Edition)
By Babette Cole

Princess Smartypants enjoys unmarried life, living with her pets and doing as she pleases. Her parents, the King and Queen, want her to get married. She decides that whoever accomplishes her taks will win her hand in marriage. After lots of princes failed to meet her demands, she meets Prince Swashbuckle. He does all her tasks so she gives him the magic kiss, only to discover that he turns into a gigantic toad! When the other princ
Every smile child I have to buy a present for will be receiving this book. It's a much needed twist on the usual happily ever after tales. Not only is it funny and cute, it teaches children that no matter what, they don't have to compromise their boundaries and they don't have to conform to society's expectations.
I loved this book as it is about a princess that unlike many girls is not bothered about her title, fame or fortune. This princess doesn't want to be a queen: She likes her motorcycle, her dragon friends, and her independence! In this feminist reworking of a classic fairy-tale theme, Princess Smartypants defies her parents' wishes, outwits her suitors, and remains a content and single young lady. The text and illustrations are full of humour.

I would argue that this is highly accessible for child
Lisa Smith
I really enjoyed this book by Babette Cole. The princess in this tale doesn't want to get married, but to get her parents off her back, she sets forth a challenge for each suitor to try and win her hand. They each fail in a comic collection of terrible tasks, until Prince Swashbuckle succeeds. Fortunately for Princess Smartypants, he turns into a toad when she kisses him and all other Princes are put off the idea of marrying her. She is then able to relax and live happily ever after

A perfectly
David Slattery
My first encounter with the author Babette Cole.

I'd describe this short book as a twisted fairy tale - A number of male suitors try to win the Princess' hand,
but it's her who holds all the power in the story. One after another fail to live up to her demanding expectations in a series of almost unachievable tasks. Princess Smartypants dreams of being independent,
ignoring the King and Queen's pleas to get married.

I like the illustrations: colourful, vivid, and full of exciting monsters.

I read a B
Title: Princess Smartypants
Author & Illustrator: Babette Cole
Reading age: 0-5 year old.

Who doesn't love a good fairy-tale? A fairy-tale has it all; the prince and princess, the royal castle, the magical stead, and of course the happy ever after. But aren't fairy-tales getting a bit out dated for the twenty first century? Hasn't Disney’s Shrek taught us how fairy tales can be turn on their head and made into something a little more fitting with today’s modern society? Who wants to live a cas
The version of the book I read was printed in two languages, Bengali and English, with the Bengali text appearing above the English text.
It is an interesting and engaging illustrations which bring the story alive.
The book tells the story of a young princess who is reluctant to get married and become a Mrs, she sets all her potential suitors individual challenges and declares that the one who manages to successfully complete their challenge shall win her hand in marriage. None of the princes she
Alex Fairhill
I am a Ms. I am not a Mrs, and I like the idea of a story about an independent girl who doesn't want to be a Mrs, and is happy to be a Ms. But this story missed the mark. The princess comes across as deceitful, game-playing, dishonest and arrogant: more Princess Pants-on-Fire than Princess Smartypants.

The names of the male characters are derogatory, and when a prince does complete her list of complex tasks, instead of marrying him as promised, she turns him into a frog.

Rather than promote the id
I 100% agree with Princess Smartypants and now wish I'd have kissed my husband BEFORE marrying him!
Author/Illustrator: Babette Cole
First Published: 1996

Yet again Babette Cole takes a classic trope and turns it on it's head. Princess Smartypants has been told she has to marry. She doesn't want to. She sets up unachievable challenges for the princes, finally twisting the toad concept.


A nice story with appealing illustrations - and dragons, dirty and scary creatures for little girls. Yay!

- As read by Babette Cole.
- There are two more Princess Smartypants books: Long Live Princess S
Say, tokoh ini punya semua yang diimpikan oleh setiap wanita di muka bumi ini. Dia cantik, seorang princess, tajir pasti, happy with her life dan SINGLE.

Dan single itu jadi alasan kenapa orang tuanya kemudian memaksa dia untuk segera mencari pasangan hidup.

Tapi, ternyata princess satu ini adalah temennya Oppie Andaresta yang selalu bernyanyi-nyanyi, "I'm single and very happy.."
ngga, itu cuma karangan gue doang. Tapi bagian "single and very happy"-nya beneran.

Single, belum tentu available.
Encruzilhadas Literárias
Quem me conhece sabe que tenho um fraco por livros infantis. É a mais pura das verdades. E este livro conseguiu entrar para a minha lista de favoritos! Fiquei boquiaberta por descobrir que é original de 1987! Quem diria? A temática é tão actual!
Este é um livro de uma princesa que não quer casar! Para quê? Vive muito bem na sua casa que é o palácio onde tem espaço para ter todos os seus animais, além do mais, faz aquilo que bem quer e lhe apetece. Porque haveria ela de querer abdicar disso?

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
Babette Cole takes the classic Cinderella story and puts a unique spin on it. Princess Smartypants is a hilarious story! I loved that the girl was already a princess and she was being pursued by the suitors. Princess Smartypants finding happiness without a ring on her finger is current with the way many women feel about their journey to happiness. Children will love the obstacles that Princess Smartypants creates for the prince, as well as the surprise twist e
Summary: Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. and she wants to live in the castle with her pets and do exactly as she pleases. Because she is very pretty and very rich, all the princes want her to be their Mrs. So Princess Smartypants has to think up some very clever ways of dealing with unwanted suitors in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference.

Written by Babette Cole
Published in 2005 by Putnam Juvenile

Recommendations/Awards: LLED Book Nomination

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Princess Smartypants is about a princess that is forced to marry a prince by her parents. She wants to do as she pleases and live with her pets. After her parents force her to find a prince she sets out various tasks for princes to accomplish to have her hand. None of the princes are able to accomplish these tasks. Then Prince Swashbuckle shows up and completes all of her tricky tasks. Princess Smartypants then kisses him on the cheek, he then turns into a warty toad. From then on no prince want ...more
Summary: Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married; she'd rather live with her pets. Commanded by her parents to find herself a husband, the Princess sets tasks for her horde of suitors. Prince Vertigo is commanded to rescue her from her crystal tower; Prince Grovel's quest is to take the Queen shopping; and so on. All of the potential husbands fail miserably as the gleeful Princess looks onuntil Prince Swashbuckle appears. He accomplishes all of the challenges with resourcefulness and a ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: K-3
Princess Smartypants doesn't want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. and she wants to live in the castle with her pets and do exactly as she pleases. Because she is very pretty and very rich, all the princes want her to be their Mrs. So Princess Smartypants has to think up some very clever ways of dealing with unwanted suitors in this hilarious fractured fairy tale.
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Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale

Reading Level: K-3rd

Topic: Fantasy

Use: Guided Reading, Independent Reading, Read
Cathleen Ash
This book is written in both English and Spanish, so you can read it in either language – or use it to help you learn one of the languages.
Princess Smartypants does not want to be married. She loves living in her castle with her pets. Her mother, the Queen, however, said she has to stop playing with her animals and find a husband. Princess Smartypants hates the idea – so she decies to create a bunch of tasks for her suitors to do, and if any of them can succeed – why, then she’ll marry him!
This book was enjoyable but felt like a lesser The Paper Bag Princess to me. That's not the book's fault though since we need more books not fewer like Munsch's classic it fell flat for me but I can see it being more valuable to children who know better. That Princess Smartypants' goal is to not have to get married is refreshing but leaves less room for development -- she moves from not wanting to get married to not getting married -- it is still a worthwhile story since she doesn't bow to the p ...more
Cole, Barbette. Princess Smartypants. New York: Putnam, 1986. Print.
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Princess Smartypants by Barbette Cole is a charismatic story about a witty princess who does not wish to marry any of her suitors. This story is captivating for children of all ages. The narrator uses humor to draw her readers in to the silly story. The illustrations perfectly display the off the wall characters. Cole uses pen and soft watercolors to bring her illustrations to life. The theme of th
Princess Smartypants is very happy with the way things are. She likes being a Ms., doing what she likes, spending time with her pets, and has no interest in becoming a Mrs., as her mother wants her to do. She doesn't dress like a traditional princess...or act like one. She decides that she will assign tasks to potential suitors in order to "win her hand." None of the suitors are able to complete her tasks and this makes Princess Smartypants very happy. But what happens when Prince Swashbuckle sh ...more
Claire Robertson
Why can't we have a book that teaches young girls to be independent without teaching them to be mean to boys! Show them that they don't need to marry without making it seem as if they need to then be forever alone. Too many issues with this book.
Re-read this book prior to gifting it to a new Mummy and her new twin girls. I love that Princess Smartypants can do all these amazing activities (including motorbike riding), and has no need of a Prince.
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