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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  554 ratings  ·  94 reviews
At night, a normal little girl imagines she is a princess, but not just a princess who wears pretty gowns and goes to balls. She also gets to fight dragons and tame trolls. But one morning she wakes up and begins to think maybe her royal adventures aren't so imaginary after all... From the best-selling author of The Quiet Book, this jacketed picture book is perfect for eve ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Ms. Underwood, for dressing your protagonist in frilly gowns and letting her sully them. Thank you, Ms. Underwood, for including a handsome prince at the ball, who can wait until your protagonist is not too busy to decide whether or not she wants to marry him. Thank you, Ms. Underwood, for providing a Mom who is not a drag or killjoy, but is sparkly and muddy in her own right.

Thank you, Ms.Underwood, for rocking- for rocking hard.
La Coccinelle
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
I picked this one up because of the author, not really knowing what to expect from it. It's actually really cute! Yes, there are tiaras and fancy dresses and balls... but there's also firefighting and dragon counselling and general kingdom-saving.

Every night, the kid goes to bed... and dreams she's a princess. She lassos a dragon, only to find out he's just cranky because his little brother melted his crayons. She plays leapfrog in the royal mud puddle. She takes a bath with a dolphin in prepara
Jul 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book sits comfortably among the alternative/modern princess stories genere. Comparable to DO PRINCESSES WHERE HIKING BOOTS?, but doesn't compare to the orginality of PRINCESS HYACINTH or the classic PAPER BAG PRINCESS.

Illustrator Cambria Evans's work was best showcased in the now Out of Print MARTHA MOTH MAKES SOCKS, which is a real shame. In this book, her work is much too pink for me to enjoy, but her talent shows through the carnation-colored pages.

Recommended as a gift for prin
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is one of those interesting books that allows girls a chance to see what a princess stereotype can be when it has all the restrictions removed from it. Although more than likely not very realistic in the actual title description in some cases there are others where the author hits the head on the nail such as events that both royal and non-royal children of any ages should learn to do such as learning more about your neighbors, having compassion, being diplomatic and helpful as well as so ...more
Luisa Knight
I liked this one! Especially the ending - it's a really sweet mother and daughter moment after all the adventure has happened.

Ages: 5 - 9

Cleanliness: dragons, magical beasts and trolls are mentioned/shown in the book.

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What a fun book! Girls can do anything! Girl by day. Princess by night...but she’s making an impact too!
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
My daughter really liked this book! It's a very sweet mother daughter book! My daughter said every princess should read this book!
Taylor Jessen
Brief review:
This book is a children's fairytale. It is a very fun story about the adventures of a young girl, who was a normal girl by day, but a princess by night. I enjoyed that there were many different aspects to her personality. She was a princess, but also a fire fighter, dragon tamer, and a great dancer! I think kids will enjoy the humor, and the funny pictures.

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This book could be used to teach a lesson about self esteem or character development, and how it's okay to have
Dec 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This is cute, but of course the 4 year old boys didn't like it. At this point they're already socialized not to like anything pink or princess-y. But I like that in her fantasies she puts out fires and jumps in mud puddles and therefore does not have time to get married.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I should have a category for preschool girl princess books.
Stefanie Kellum
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This one's a cute way to teach girls that they can be independent, strong princesses. :) No damsels in distress in this book!
Dawn Rutherford
Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Gotta love the princess-firefighter mash up!
Cute picture book. A princess that likes to get dirty and save the day.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 4-stars

Such a cute book! I really appreciate the overall girl power message!
Lisa Edwards
This story was a great read to my daughter for a bedtime story. It tells the tale of a little girl who is an ordinary child during the day but at night, after she is put to bed, she becomes a princess. She is not just any princess though because she is a hard-working, active participant/leader in the kingdom, and continues to educate herself as to become well-rounded and knowledgeable especially in the things that could be of threat to the kingdom. When a dragon causes commotion in kingdom she n ...more
Sudha Hariharan
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sahana-s-books
My daughter has a lot of books in her collection but she always chooses this book to take to bed with her. She can't read yet but has memorized every word and pretends to "read" it every night. If I were to ask her she would rate it a 10 out of 5, but since this is my page, this review is mine and mine alone.

At the stroke of midnight, a little girl turns into a princess and is off fighting dragons and saving the kingdom! A very cute story filled with fancy balls and beautiful dressing gowns - t
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Miss 3 and I like to explore different books at the library and try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

Part-time Princess by Deborah Underwood is a modern princess book with an active heroine. She's an ordinary girl during the day but at night she's a princess in a magical land putting out fires, hanging out with dragons, having tea parties, and getting gloriously muddy. I think the great thing a
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was our family's second Deborah Underwood book. I ought to also note that this was my daughter's 1st princess book. She picked it out herself, and to be honest I was surprised. She isn't into any of the Disney princess movies...but I digress...

This book is about a little girl who must follow all of the family rules during the day, (don't play in mud puddles etc) however by night she is able to be a princess in charge of her own kingdom, and empowered to make her own rules and accomplish he
Stephanie Jackson
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a little torn on this one. During the day, the girl is your average sister and daughter, but at night (while sleeping?) she becomes this amazing princess. I like the things she does at night as a princess (problem solving, bravery, diplomat, diving, cute boy she might marry later but she's too busy (hetero-normative if you're watching out for that), etc) but she can't do these things day? And her mom is in on this fantasy life because they both have sparkles in their hair? The rhyming (or la ...more
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At night, a normal little girl imagines she is a princess, but not just a princess who wears pretty gowns and goes to balls. She also gets to fight dragons and tame trolls. But one morning she wakes up and begins to think maybe her royal adventures aren't so imaginary after all... From the best-selling author of The Quiet Book, this jacketed picture book is perfect for every little girl who dreams of being a princess.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This princess does it all. She's active and energetic and fights fires as well as charming dragons. She may be an ordinary girl by day, but at night she becomes quite the princess.
Great tale of imagination.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Kaitlin is a princess-loving kid and I’m always happy when I can indulge that with a book that has an active, adventurous princess character. This princess specializes in calming down dragons and dancing with trolls, which is definitely a win in my books.
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very cute! I really liked the story about a little girl who turns into a princess at night. It is whimsical, colorful, and inventive.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 10e-pbf-series
This was a fun book...regular kid by day and princess by night with a very familiar queen who pays a visit.
Kaylynn Johnsen
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid
Regular girl by day - princess by night. Fighting dragons, hosting balls, and putting out fires are all in a night's work for this youngster.
Viviane Elbee
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute princess book, where the little girl saves castles from dragon fires at night, but is an ordinary little girl during the day.
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
First published on my blog, Nine Pages.

In her sleep, this regular girl becomes a princess in beautiful dresses and crown, who fights dragonfire to save her kingdom, who lassos the dragon but invites him to tea instead of listening to the demands for the dragon’s death by her fearful subjects and realizes that he is a good dragon who is just upset that his crayons were melted. She meets a queen, and they play in the mud, and she takes a bath with bubbles, a high dive, and a dolphin. She isn’
A young girl shares all the normal ups and downs of her day as she struggles to meet all the expectations placed on her. When bedtime arrives, her imagination frees her during the night to be a heroic princess fighting fires, playing in mud, taming fire breathing dragons, saving the kingdom and entertaining the queen. In a surprising twist, when the girl awakes the next morning for breakfast she finds her mother covered in the same magic sparkles from her dreams of last night. While the book con ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My 4yo daughter and I really love this book. This is about a little girl who becomes a princess after she goes to bed at night. The first thing she has to do is save the kingdom! I like that she isn't a completely traditional princess, donning a fire helmet and putting out a fire. I like that she sees the best in the dragon, realizing that he just needs a little cheering up, and inviting him to tea. She does all sorts of fun things as a princess, including hanging out with a queen from a faraway ...more
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