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The Prince's New Pet

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  95 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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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
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
This story is about a young prince named Varidian, who lost his mother; who loved colors. His father had a hard time dealing with the loss of his wife and decided to ban color from his kingdom. One day the little boy received a gift box and out of that box popped a creature called a Wooglefoof who is full of amazing colors. The creature is chased around the kingdom and into the dungeon by Varidian and the the color catcher. In the Dungeon they find the royal painter and where all the color from ...more
Aparna Singh
Dec 02, 2011 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
Elaine Shipley-pope
Sep 14, 2015 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
Apr 30, 2012 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
Dec 02, 2011 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
Maddie Jaques
Jan 24, 2015 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.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every time I see this book I am enraptured. It's such a beautiful contrast between the black and white inky drawings and the wonderful rainbow pet! I just love this book.
Zenia Rivera
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story starts off with the son of the king not being very excited about his birthday due to the fact that there is not much excitement in the kingdom because his father had banned color. The reason for this was because the prince's mother loved colors and since her passing the king did not want anymore color in the kingdom. During the birthday party an unexpected gift pops up which happens to be an animal called, "illustrations", but gets caught by the royal color catcher trapping it where al ...more
After the king's wife died, he banned all of the colors of the kingdom for his wife loved beautiful colors so, that he couldn't bear to be reminded of her and carry the burden of his grief. But he did not realize the impact his actions would have on his son. For many years, the prince gazes out at the same scene day in and day out, the drab grays of the sky, watching the same gloomy people, below until one day on his birthday, a strange package arrives with a very unusual creature in it
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
For Prince Viridian's birthday, he was given a gift of a very colorful animal. On the Prince's second birthday his mother died, and his father banished all colors from the kingdom. The prince must stop the royal color catcher from catching his new pet and taking him away. In the end, fireworks light up the grey sky and the king has a change of heart. I was a child that loved art, so I would have been enthralled by the full color pictures at the end. I would recommend this book as an introduction ...more
Johannah H
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book is beautifully drawn and so vibrant when colors are introduced. Sadly though, the story lacks depth. The author doesn’t explain how key events happen in the book. He relies too much on the pictures to tell the story, but he does not have enough to do so!! The story seems like a cross between Tim Burton and Dr. Seuss. While the book requires a lot of suspension of disbelief, I would still encourage others to check it out for the artwork.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unique illustration style was the book’s main appeal for me.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story isn't necessarily for kids, but I just LOVE the gothy illustrations
Kristina Jean Lareau
Wooglefoof is the greatest name for an animal.

Edward Goreygesque and delightful.
Bianca Orellana
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-000-bbk
I feel like the story could have been executed better, but I loved the premise of this book, and the illustrations were very Burton-esque, which is awesome.
Jenn Marshall
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love the artwork. The colors are so much brighter in the grey background. The story is about s husbands grief when his wife died. Since she loved color he had all color banned.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is not for children. It's super long and the bad guy issues death threats!
Catherine Toca
Feb 25, 2015 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
Mar 03, 2012 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
Dec 01, 2011 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
May 01, 2015 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
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
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Lindsay Rains
Sep 08, 2014 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
Jun 12, 2015 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
Mar 10, 2012 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
Jul 18, 2012 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 rated it 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 09, 2012 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
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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.