So many books really play to the expected gender roles of young boys and girls, with pretty clear divisions by color, hobbies, accessories, etc. This book gives us a heroine who is out saving folks dressed all in black like Zorro, but, also, says that the pink isn't automatically bad just because it is girly.
Now I want to go fight monsters.
Pham's artwork, by the way, is fabulous. It captures a retro vibe from picture books of the 60s, but without feeling dated or self-consciously ironic. It suits the Princess very well.
Who said princesses can't wear black?*
Who said princesses can't fight monsters?**
Who said princesses can't befriend goat boys?**
All questions aside, this is a very cute book with charming illustrations that I would have adored as a wee lass. You really quite quite beat a spunky princess defying all expectations, a "unicorn" named Frimplepants, The Goat Avenger, and some shockingly polite monsters. Can't wait to see more of these characters!
Respect the goats.
*Duchess Wigtower. She's very snoopy.
** Duchess Wigtower. If she knew about it.