Jan. 4th, 2016

thanate: (bluehair)
So the Megatherium spent most of a month insisting that she was Cowgirl Kate (from the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa books-- very generic modern cow herding, ranch, & horse care things, plus a talking horse that's part mustang & part little brother) and I got her 5 of the books for Christmas, and she insisted we check out the 6th one from the library (Horse in the House, which I like the least, hence why I didn't buy it) and then after having it read to her five times a day for a couple days she's moved on to the Princess in Black.

There are two Princess in Black books so far (the second subtitled "and the Perfect Princess Party") which are basically the Zorro myth recast for 21st century little girls. Perfect pink-garbed Princess Magnolia runs to the broom cupboard and dons a black costume and mask when called upon to fight potentially goat-eating monsters. No attempt is made to explain *why* secrecy is necessary except that "Princesses don't wear black," but they're cute and fun, very light-hearted and neither prose nor illustrations take themselves at all seriously, and the second book includes a lovely cast of global princesses. These are also the very politest goat-denied monsters you will ever meet.

After three days of reading these over and over, the Megatherium has announced that she will be the Cowgirl in Pink and assist with fighting monsters. Jesse Bear (from Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?) can come too, she says.

(Meanwhile, I am secretly wishing for an alternate ending on the second book where Princess Sneezwort-- a charming & slightly dusky everygirl with glasses and pink chucks-- discovers Magnolia's secret and says, "Oh, we had one of those doors to Monster Land. I boarded it up ages ago." and we subsequently discover that *all* the other princesses have been secretly fighting crime and not telling anyone because this didn't occur to anyone else.)
thanate: (bluehair)
So the Megatherium spent most of a month insisting that she was Cowgirl Kate (from the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa books-- very generic modern cow herding, ranch, & horse care things, plus a talking horse that's part mustang & part little brother) and I got her 5 of the books for Christmas, and she insisted we check out the 6th one from the library (Horse in the House, which I like the least, hence why I didn't buy it) and then after having it read to her five times a day for a couple days she's moved on to the Princess in Black.

There are two Princess in Black books so far (the second subtitled "and the Perfect Princess Party") which are basically the Zorro myth recast for 21st century little girls. Perfect pink-garbed Princess Magnolia runs to the broom cupboard and dons a black costume and mask when called upon to fight potentially goat-eating monsters. No attempt is made to explain *why* secrecy is necessary except that "Princesses don't wear black," but they're cute and fun, very light-hearted and neither prose nor illustrations take themselves at all seriously, and the second book includes a lovely cast of global princesses. These are also the very politest goat-denied monsters you will ever meet.

After three days of reading these over and over, the Megatherium has announced that she will be the Cowgirl in Pink and assist with fighting monsters. Jesse Bear (from Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?) can come too, she says.

(Meanwhile, I am secretly wishing for an alternate ending on the second book where Princess Sneezwort-- a charming & slightly dusky everygirl with glasses and pink chucks-- discovers Magnolia's secret and says, "Oh, we had one of those doors to Monster Land. I boarded it up ages ago." and we subsequently discover that *all* the other princesses have been secretly fighting crime and not telling anyone because this didn't occur to anyone else.)

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