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Princess Puffybottom . . . and Darryl

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  657 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Princess Puffybottom has the purrfect life among her adoring subjects. All is well...until an intruder arrives in her kingdom. Surely he will be banished soon. Or could he be here to stay?

Princess Puffybottom is not amused.
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Tundra Books
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Amanda It is funny! It's about a sassy, spoiled cat and an adorable dog that moves in and up-ends her perfect world. …moreIt is funny! It's about a sassy, spoiled cat and an adorable dog that moves in and up-ends her perfect world. (less)

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So I finally had a chance to reread Princess Puffybottom and Darryl in hardcover format and I would give six stars if I could. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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I have seen NO ONE mention that Princess Puffybottom has two mommies! Of course it's not a big deal YES IT IS or about that, which I guess I am making it now but I'm happy about it and want to express my gratitude, but children need more books that just show families being families.

This book wouldn't show up on my kindle correctly so I downloaded t
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada, Tundra Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to provide an honest review of this adorable children's book.

Princess Puffybottom....and Darryl was overall a nice story that teaches some valuable lessons. I also really liked how the household had two moms and brought a baby into the family. The illustrations were beautiful and I think brought the characters to light in the way the author intended.

I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't a little longer
La Coccinelle
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, arc, netgalley
I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this one (cat books can be hit-or-miss for me), but this is actually a pretty funny book. Princess Puffybottom lives with her "subjects" (a lesbian couple, which was a pleasant surprise) and life is good... until the day they bring home a puppy named Darryl. Darryl offends Princess Puffybottom's sensibilities terribly; he's uncouth and disgusting (at least, in the cat's mind). Watching her try to get the puppy banished is pretty funny. She tries all sorts ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Cat & Dog Lovers / Children Who Have Felt Jealous of Family Newcomers
Princess Puffybottom had a perfect life, waited on by her two human companions, and given everything that a kitty cat could want or need. Then one day her mothers brought Darryl home, and all was chaos. An energetic puppy with somewhat gross habits, this canine interloper hogged the attention that Princess Puffybottom ought to have gotten. When her efforts to get rid of Darryl don't bear fruit, our feline heroine is quite cast down. It is then that her new puppy sibling's good qualities emerge, ...more
Rod Brown
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A well-done iteration of a pretty standard story: the diva cat's life is upended when a new puppy is added to the household. Beautiful art.

What elevates this picture book is the casual and matter-of-fact inclusion of lesbians of color as the pet owners. Nice. I would have loved to share a book like this with my child when she was younger.
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute story that isn't super special but the illustrations make it a 4 star read. A same-sex, poc couple with a child? More of that please! ...more
Jun 24, 2019 added it
Shelves: queer, picturebooks
Two!! Moms!!
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
100 books before kindergarten
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story is one we've all heard before, but the pictures are beautiful and full of fun details that support and enhance this telling of the story. After reading the book once I went back through to find all the clues foreshadowing the "surprise" ending, and little touches like notes posted saying "Get cat food" and "I [heart] you". And the illustration for the ending is amazing - I spent some time just staring at it and taking it in. ...more
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, canadian, lgbtq
Reading the title alone - Princess Puffybottom … and Darryl - put a smile on my face. And then seeing that Susin Nielsen wrote the book? That's the squeaker in the proverbial chew toy.

This is a story about family, and I love it when different families are shown in picture books (all books, really). In this case, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Princess Puffybottom and, of course, wee Darryl, have two moms (who are also people of colour). This isn't the focus of the book, obviously that go
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bit too light headed for my personal taste. Not a bad book, but a arrogant cat and a dog that try to get its attention, might be consider cute or funny, but not by my standard, clearly not a book for me!
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a pretty typical "pampered first pet does not like new pet" story, BUT!! The owners are two lesbian women of color!! Which elevates it to the top my list for these types of books, especially because the story is done very well. The illustrations are cute, and I really like both Princess Puffybottom and Darryl. ...more
Jessie Bond
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh no my heart melted
Jan Polep
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gotta love that Darryl. Princess Puffybottom is living the good life until Darryl the puppy moves in. She tries plenty of tricks to see if she can get him rehomed but when that didn't work, Darryl found a way to at least have her tolerate him. The ending is perfect and can open up conversations about what happens when families expand. ...more
Tin Cheung
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The cutest story about a cat named Princess Puffybottom, who is not too excited about having to share a home with a new member of the family, the derpy dog named Darryl.
Zoë Danielle
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I'm looking to gift somebody a picture book, the first thing I look for is whether it features animals or plants. Animal friendships? Even better, which is why I knew that I'd love the adorable Princess Puffybottom ... and Darryl, written by Susin Nielsen and illustrated by Olivia China Mueller. This is a story about a kitten who has the purrfect life until an intruder arrives. Personally, I don't love the "princess" mentality/theme for children, although the author makes it fun by referrin ...more
Melissa T
*I won a copy of this book via Librarything*

The story itself is cute. But, I feel like it taught conflicting messages. I felt like it was telling kids that it's okay to be spoiled, and that change is bad. It didn't feel as positive as it could have been.

The language feels a bit advanced for preschool age kids, and having a character named Princess Puffybottom, and Darryl doesn't really jive together in a cohesive way either.

I appreciated the subtlety of Princess Puffybottom having 2 female owner
Christine (Padfoot's Library)
If Susin Nielsen writes it, I will read it. I had heard about this from Susin when she was in Toronto last year for a book preview, so I was eagerly anticipating the final product. The art work is just beautiful!! Definitely a story that I can see becoming a kids movie one day, it's so adorable! I always love reading picture books, and even though I'm a ways away from being a mother myself, I think this is a great book because 1) it features the adorable princess puffybottom and darryl, 2) it ha ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable illustrations and a very sweet story for little children. Princess Puffybottom lives an enviable kitty life until a new puppy enters the story. A spoiled but loveable cat who always gets her way does not want to share the young black couple with the puppy so she thinks of ways to get him into trouble, But then she notices that Darryl loves and adores her so why fight it?

This book is great on so many levels. It would be a great book for children to receive when there will be a new baby
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a cute story of the relationship between Princess Puffybottom and Darryl. Princess Puffybottom thought her fancy kitty life was just fine until one day her family brought a puppy home. She decides to do everything in her power to get her old life back, and get rid of Darryl.
I can totally relate to this story. It’s always chaos for a few days when a new pet is introduced at home. As much as I liked this story, I can only give it a four star because I was hoping for a bit more sassy cat an
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess Puffybottom is a kitty who has always gotten her own way: the queen of her kingdom. That is.... until Darryl shows up.

Darryl is a dog, and Princess Puffybottom does not like that her subjects are all about serving this new creature who seems dim witted at best. One day her servants leave with Darryl only to bring him back again. She is at her wits end, no matter what the princess does Darryl just does not leave which makes her sad, but the only person who notices her sadness is... Darr
Cheriee Weichel
Poor Princess Puffybottom is one pampered cat (with two mommies) until her subjects bring Darryl, a rambunctious puppy, home. No matter what she does, Princess can not get them to get rid of him. Luckily, Darryl adores Princess Puffybottom and manages to prove his worth to her. They settle into an amicable relationship hoping there will be no more surprises. There is, but you will have to read the book to find out what it is.
Olivia Chin Mueller's art is lovely and fun. I love the expressions sh
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The artwork is pretty and yet not too elaborate. The page layouts are great, without too many words on each page, making it appropriate and not too daunting for younger children to read.
I loved the whole concept of the story and how the plot played out from beginning to end.
I liked that the human owners were hidden most of the time because it wasn't necessary to show them but also that when they are revealed at the end there is not big fuss made about them both being women. I think this was a
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS SO CUTE!!! I love so much about it! So many clever moments in the story, the illustrations are wonderful, and I love that they’ve very casually slid in a non-white, non-straight couple for the humans. And that the humans and their human friends are young and hip! Someone even has tattoos!
Goodness this was adorable. What a great book! It teaches readers about acceptance and how change isn't bad. I also love the life of the pets' humans in the background. Two wonderful stories told at the same time. Wonderful illustrations. Read for VCFA semester one packet one. ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars for the illustrations and everything happening with the family in the background. Meh to the cat and dog story.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I had to read this just because of the title. It was a very cute story about a cat whose life is interrupted by the arrival of a dog. It was a sweet read and the illustrations were wonderful.
Janelle Ortiz
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable- from the illustrations to the story line. I also appreciate the representation of a diverse family (two moms). It's such a cute book. If you happen upon it, do yourself a favor and read it! ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq, funny, picture-book
Queer-positive children's book with hilarious pet antics and adorable drawings. 10/10 ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I would give this more stars if I could. So cute.
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Susin got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice ...more

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