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Princess Justina Albertina (A Cautionary Tale)


Princess Justina Albertina likes to have her own way. When she doesn't get it, she gets a funny look in her big green eyes and starts to fuss. She causes a ruckus and a rumpus and a horrible hubbub. When this horrid princess declares, "I WANT A PET!" her nanny searches far and wide to find the pet of Princess Justina Albertina's dreams. A satisfying comeuppance will surprise and delight readers of all ages.

"Princess Justina Albertina likes getting her own way. Her nanny, when faced with a choice between a headache-inducing royal tantrum or giving in to the princess’s demands, always caves. So when the youngster insists on getting the perfect pet, her nanny does her best to oblige, scouring the Earth for unusual animals. None of them is quite right, though: the puffer fish ignores the princess, she cannot ride the two-headed dog, and the monkey scares too easily. Finally, the nanny returns with a fierce gryphon, which the princess declares is perfect. This time, however, Princess Justina Albertina has bitten off more than she can chew, with tragic results. The book’s cover hints at what is to come: while the princess dances in the background, a grim-faced nanny holds up a sign that reads 'A Cautionary Tale.'
Humorous details pack the cartoon illustrations, which are done with a mix of watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache. The nanny’s outfit changes for each expedition: lederhosen for the unicorn, a wet suit for surfing Australia’s shark-infested waters. The princess is frankly repulsive, with buck teeth, a piggy nose, and fierce green eyes glaring through round glasses. Nanny and the rejected pets clearly find her intimidating. The busy spreads contrast well with the dramatic conclusion, in which the nanny is left standing all alone, saying 'Oh, dear.' The end result is a deliciously satisfying tale about the dangers of acting like a spoiled princess." School Library Journal - March 1, 2007

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