Saturday, January 12, 2008

Princess Baby by Karen Katz

Princess Baby written and illustrated by Karen Katz.

Reading level: Ages 1-5

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s Books (January 8, 2008)

In Karen Katz’s newly-released picture book, a little baby is frustrated because no one will call her by her real name. “Please don’t call me Little Lamb, and never ever Sweet Gumdrop. Please call me by my real name,” she pleads. But what is her real name? Let’s see…she has a shiny crown, a fancy dress, and sparkly shoes, and everyone in her stuffed-animal kingdom is happy. Can you guess?

With Karen Katz’s typical vibrant illustrations and round-faced cherubic characters, Princess Baby is a cute book that makes a great read aloud, especially if you have your own little princess. Kids will probably get a kick out of all the nicknames, and I’m sure some nicknames will sound very familiar. They’ll also have fun guessing her name as they go through the clues she gives us. As I was reading though, I couldn’t help thinking that Princess Baby sure was a little spoiled, but then again, aren’t all princesses?

Check out this link at Random House Kids for fun discussion questions and printable activities, including a printout where your little princess can make her very own crown!

Karen Katz has another Princess Baby book planned for 2009.


  1. Wow, Isabella is quick off the mark! This book just arrived this week at the store where I work... although, I did read an advance copy several months ago.

  2. Susan...yeah, it's amazing. She really keeps up with all of the new releases. :) I actually received an advance copy from the publisher a few weeks ago and planned my review around the release date. One of these days I might have my stuff together enough to keep up with all of the new books. One can dream...