Dec 05, Aaron Siclovan rated it did not like it. Princess Smartypants lived in Totaloonie. She loved playing with clever baby dragons, wishing she had one of her own. She asked her mother if she could have a baby without being married, but her mother told her "absolutely not! Her mother was busy knitting sculptures for the Royal Art Exhibition, so she told the princess that she was in charge of the banquet that was for the the Grand Opening of her art show.
Royal gravy must be served at the art Princess Smartypants lived in Totaloonie. Royal gravy must be served at the art show. Even though smartypants hated cooking, she went ahead and prepared for the banquet and called the royal grocer for a packet of readily-mixed packet gravy. The phone line sounded crackly and the royal grocer thought that Princess Smartypants said a packet of ready- mix baby.
When the princess received her order, she did not read the front of the packet but only the direction to prepare her dish. The baby man ran through the house and destroyed many things, frightening all the guests until they fled. Evil Count Rottenghut saw his chance to grab the baby and take him to the Castle Creep. Prince Swashbuckle, who never forgave the princess for turning him into a frog, conspired with the evil Count, making plans in the Castle Creep to take over the kingdom of Totaloonie.
However, the princess rescues the baby with her dragon friends. When the baby becomes a pest, the princess asked her dragon friend if she could have one of her eggs. The princess had to sleep on the egg for a week before two baby dragons were born. The author of this book is also the illustrator, and she lives in England.
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She used water colors that are soft and glowing to create the pictures. The pictures depict plenty of action. The expressions on the character's faces are funny and precise. The illustrations are often so cluttered and confusing for children. I feel like I do not recommend this book because of the confusing art work, and the story is not good.
There are many wonderful books for children to read, but this is not one of them. Jan 15, Ronyell rated it it was amazing Shelves: sequel , babette-cole , fairy-tales-folktales , manners , read-in Princess Smartypants at first wanted a child because she cares for the dragon babies. This image is truly a magnificent and suspenseful scene as the castle goes up in flames and the five huge dragons start terrorizing the villains.
Any adult who want a child to know the responsibilities of taking care of a child, this book is extremely appropriate for children of all ages and also for the adults. Jan 31, Sarah Adamson rated it did not like it Shelves: picture-books-challenge. Ok the illustrations and the principle of a girl princess who breaks from stereotype, the friendly and helpful dragons - love the idea. What then happened to the story? A princess wants to have a baby because baby dragons look cute and has a row with her parents when they say she cannot have a baby without being married. You just insulted everyone who is a single parent or unmarried parent.
You isolated girls who don't understand about sex and left parents to now explain why a princess cou Ok the illustrations and the principle of a girl princess who breaks from stereotype, the friendly and helpful dragons - love the idea. You isolated girls who don't understand about sex and left parents to now explain why a princess couldn't have a baby without being married?
And then you let the princess cool up a super baby just like one would a cake and have to save him from super-villains. Then you put the clincher by saying that looking after a kingdom is easy, and looking after a baby is easy if you only have 2 dragon nannies. This book had such potential and then turns into an anti-single Parent, anti-moms who struggle to raise a child book. If I missed the point and this was meant to be ironic then I apologize except to say if I cannot get the irony, why should my daughter?!
Princess Smartypants wants to have a baby and asks her parents if it's possible to have one without being married. And of course we know from the first Princess Smartypants book Princess Smartypants that she is not at all interested in being married. So that seems to be the end of that. However, a miscommunication means she is supplied with a packet of ready-mix Brown Baby instead of ready-mix brown gravy, and she may have put a bit much pepper in because Baby Princess Smartypants wants to have a baby and asks her parents if it's possible to have one without being married.
However, a miscommunication means she is supplied with a packet of ready-mix Brown Baby instead of ready-mix brown gravy, and she may have put a bit much pepper in because Baby is extraordinarily strong. And very naughty. I like Princess books that deviate from the fairy-tale image, and though they rather puzzled Zenobia at first when she was 4 , she is now enjoying them enormously at the ripe old age of 5.
The illustrations are fun, and the stories are subversive. Sep 17, Kristen Collins rated it did not like it Shelves: edrd.
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This book was such a letdown. I was drawn in by the cute title and pictures, but disappointed by the lackluster plot and obscure message. Usually stories come with morals, but every so often they're just silly. This is definitely on the sillier side, but I found myself weirded out more than entertained.
Princess Smartypants had an odd dream to have a baby Sep 13, Sandie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 1-children. What a way cute book! It can be read alone or with other book by this author about same character. Princess Smartypants is the coolest princess ever! These books are so fun and they definately give an approving nod to kids being themselves and not pretending to be who they are not.
The storyline is very cute and funny and the pictures are great. My daughter 6 and I enjoyed reading these and laughing over them!! I'm still not a fan of this book, but it makes more sense after reading Princess Smartypants. Sep 23, Courtney rated it did not like it Shelves: edrd I did not like this book, although I thought I would given the cute title and illustrations.
I was displeased with the plot and the characters. It doesn't seem like the book was organized properly, there was no clear story line, and descriptions were lacking when I felt like I needed them. This book didn't keep my daughter's attention for more than a few pages and I didn't enjoy reading it either. Maybe it will get a second chance some day but for now, it's going back to the library where someone may enjoy it more.
Nov 27, Autumn Bumgarner rated it it was ok. Final Project: This book was different but i think a middle school girl could read this book to get motivated to do whatever it she wants to do. Just because someone says no you cant doesn't mean you should give up you should actually do what the princess does and try and prove that you can do it.
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Jan 27, Felicia rated it did not like it Shelves: child-lit. I choose this book because "smartypants" can be used as an insult in bullying and I was hoping the book would address such a thing. But instead it was this crazy book that I didn't not like at all. I feel this book is not the least bit appropriate for children.
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Jun 03, Chrystal rated it really liked it Shelves: read-to-children , childrens. This was another favorite from this past library trip. It was full of kingdom fun, dragons, silliness and happy endings. Sep 28, Mary Gardner rated it really liked it Shelves: library-books. I did not like when the bad guy stole the baby. I like when the princess saves the baby though. Sep 21, Alex Putman rated it did not like it Shelves: edrd I thought it was obnoxious and the little girl is awful.
Not a story I would willingly read to my students. Apr 14, Partridge Public added it Shelves: children-fiction. Cole, Babette K-1st. Feb 28, emyrose8 rated it it was ok. Eh, not a huge fan of how she got her babies. And the prince from the first book Mar 11, Kaethe Douglas rated it really liked it Shelves: strong-smart-female-protagonist , format-picture-books , read-aloud.
How many books for children show a girl NOT interested in looking after a baby? Jan 13, Beverly rated it really liked it Shelves: pbf-royalty. Comical illustrations and a humorous story. Jun 14, Betsy rated it liked it. I could have sworn PS got married in the 1st book. Maybe she was just shacking up We were confused, but still enjoyed this unconventional princess.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Babette Cole. Babette Cole. I'll get back to you later if I can find anything useful. The OED's first citation for "sweetie-pie" is. Wodehouse Money for Nothing iv. Pottle and the One-Man Dog", "Isn't he a love? Pottle, emerging from the living room and catching the object up in her arms. Did the nassy man frighten my precious Pershing?
Although this extended baby-talk is sometimes used by men, it often seems to have been perceived as feminine and somewhat aggressive, even mock- frighteningly so. Wodehouse, "The Clicking of Cuthbert", Vincent Jopp flushed darkly. Even the strongest and most silent of us have our weaknesses, and my employer's was the rooted idea that he looked well in knickerbockers.
It was not my place to try to dissuade him, but there was no doubt that they did not suit him. Nature, in bestowing upon him a massive head and a jutting chin, had forgotten to finish him off at the other end. Vincent Jopp's legs were skinny. Jane Jukes Jopp. Agnes Parsons Jopp, "but when he foolishly comes out in quite a strong east wind without his liver-pad—-" "Little Tinky-Ting don't need no liver-pad, he don't," said Mrs. Luella Mainprice Jopp, addressing the animal in her arms, "because he was his muzzer's pet, he was. I could understand and sympathize.
Napoleon himself would have wilted if he had found himself in the midst of a trio of females, one talking baby-talk, another fussing about his health, and the third making derogatory observations on his lower limbs. Vincent Jopp was becoming unstrung.
Most of the last decade's "-pants" books seem to me like a generalization of the grade-school slang seen in Junie B. Jones 21, Junie B. Barbara Park, who writes the Junie B. Love, Earl : "So sue me, Mr. Big Fat Lawyer Pants! I'm guessing that the grade-school usage is a cutesy-pants generalization of the baby-talk pattern, probably in the first place by young girls.
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I'm pretty sure that the Captain Underpants series is not the male version, but whether this all has anything to do with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is beyond me. In both cases, I think that we're up against the mystery of cultural contagion. It's possible that the popularity of P. Wodehouse in the s, or the Junie B. Jones books in the s, had something to do with it. But it's also possible that they simply reflected something that was going on independently.
Happy Pants", one of "Mr.
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There are also four instances of "cranky pants" without a preceding title, and one each of "Mr. Hot Pants" and "Miss Hot Pants", which may refer to the garment type rather than to the wearer. In contrast, there are instances of "black pants", intances of "khaki pants", of "leather pants", and so on. April 1, am. We cannot now avoid mentioning the award-winning Chicago blog mimi smartypants. On a related note is the use of 'pants' adjectivally as a pejorative term common in US usage? In the UK it's been common for at least a decade to hear people say things like 'That's absolute pants' for something they consider rubbish or of poor quality.
I believe it probably also contributed to the humour of the name of Spongebob Squarepants. I therefore doubt that it has anything to do with the Spongebob phenomenon, though you're right to observe that Spongebob can plausibly be seen as part of a larger cultural pants resonance, since he's figuratively as well as literally square. Hm, maybe not terribly helpful but I associate -pants with -face, since my mother used both to describe everyone in the s — especially if their name ended in -y.
What's Marty-pants up to these days? Just more baby-talk I guess, especially as she was referring to other young children. But "face", of course, doesn't start with 'p'. Another marginal labial-initial body-oriented monosyllable is "-butt", as in "Mr. Wiggly Butt" or "Ms. Fluffy Butt". No labiality there, though. I'll try to check it out. With bosypants I always read it as the pants giving you the power to be bossy, like a special uniform. Wear the pants and you get to be bossy. Along with 'who wears the pants in the family'.
I'd always taken it as a bit of euphemism referring to a body part contained in the pants, but not spoken in polite company. At least, that's the tone carried when people call me that…. Doesn't X pants have a masquerade connotation? Would we refer to a real authoritarian boss as 'bossypants? If there is a masquerade feature, then an attire metaphor would make some sense, i. So when the kid in Barbara Park's book cited above says "So sue me, Mr. If an adult used that kind of language, the effect would be cast the whole exchange as a kind of childish joke.
Ditto for referring to say the current Libyan dictator as "Bossypants Qaddafi". The x-pants construction does seem to be based in children's speech, but searching through written records only tells us how adults have reconfigured what may or may not be childish speech. There is the possibility that it was being used as something of an intra-generational joke back in the '30s or '40s where people who grew up some 20 to 30 years earlier when it was used by kids started using it as adults in a playful manner.
For example, if you use the word "bitchin'" today, people know you were in junior high school during the '80s and probably still have your Dead Milkmen albums in your attic. Other labial-initial examples might be -bones and -boots. As in lazy-bones , sneaky-boots. And bossy-boots is the phrase familiar to me from childhood, before bossy-pants came along…. My wife and I have been calling each other "Pants," "Face," and "Brains" as pet names since the first year we dated, and that was 10 years ago. That might be TMI, but it stems from the fact that we used so many cutesy [X Pants] and [X Face] constructions in our nicknames for each other that we eventually just shortened it.
This was not a conscious decision; it just sort of evolved that way. I first encountered "bossy-boots" some 15 years ago when a baby-sitter from Ireland addressed my young son that way.
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With regard to the usage "bitchin'" mentioned above. I think the Dead Milkmen's usage of that term was deliberately retro in the 80s context. In the 80s, that usage was indicative of an older person — a baby boomer who probably went to high school in the 60s. I wasn't aware of the usage of 'pants' as 'rubbish' in the UK until , when there was a kerfuffle over the rejection of an asylum application. In a formal letter of refusal, the asylum seeker was told: "With regard to your claim to be a national of Afghanistan, the Secretary of State thinks that this is a pile of pants.
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