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Prince Puggly of Spud : and the Kingdom of Spiff

by Weston, Robert Paul.

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Community Library of Castle Shannon Juvenile Fiction J Fic Weston
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J Fic Weston
Crafton Public Library Juvenile - Fiction J F WESTON 2013 CRAFTON 4/13
Location  Crafton Public Library
Collection  Juvenile - Fiction
Call Number  J F WESTON 2013 CRAFTON 4/13
The next middle-grade rhyming novel from the award-winning author of Zorgamazoo!

Prince Puggly of the muddy, terminally unfashionable Kingdom of Spud is surprised when he receives an invitation to a lavish ball in the far more chic Kingdom of Spiff. Puggly is sure that the Spiffs will take one look at him and laugh him out of their kingdom. And that's exactly what they do. . . . But then Puggly meets Francesca, the bookish Princess of Spiff, and together the two set out to teach Francesca's Spiffian countrymen an absurd lesson in style. Award-winning author Robert Paul Weston once again delivers a humorous fantasy in rhyming verse that just begs to be read aloud. And this time, it comes with a message that's sure to impress: There's more to a person than how they are dressed.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A kingdom enslaved to fashion is set free by the unstylish Prince of Spud and his soon-to-be consort, the bookish Princess of Spiff. In his third fantasy for young readers, Weston returns to the format of his fanciful Zorgamazoo (2008), with rhyming couplets, extensive font manipulation, and humorous, chapter-opening line drawings. In this silly saga of embarrassment and retaliation at the Spiffian Centenary Ball, Prince Puggly and Princess Fran discover each other and find a way to mock the stylish partygoers before returning to Spud, where they can dress as they please. Accurately labeling this as a meandering tale, the author reveals all in the end. Much of the humor comes from exaggerations of dress: Fran's pajamas printed with boats, Puggly's polka-dot breeches that sag in the butt, and a '60s-style shaman whose turban sports a daisy. Occasional rhythmic hiccups, repetitions, and strained humor demonstrate just how difficult it is to write nonsense verse. Still, these couplets beg to be read aloud, as the playful language and satisfying story have extensive middle-grade appeal.--Isaacs, Kathleen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Weston returns to the novel-in-verse format, goofy humor, inventive typography, and Seussian rhymes of his debut, Zorgamazoo, in this sartorial fairy tale. In Spiff, fashion matters above all else ("Every Spiff in the land would compete with their friends,/ to keep right in step with the latest of trends"), except to Princess Frannie, who prefers pajamas and books to sequins and gowns. Meanwhile in the neighboring kingdom of Spud, where clothing tends to be mismatched and garish, a commoner named Puggly is chosen to be prince and invited to the Centenary Ball in Spiff. Due to their "creative" wardrobe choices, Puggly and Frannie are insulted at the ball and flee in despair; when they meet up in the woods, they concoct a plan of revenge on the image-obsessed denizens of Spiff and its neighboring kingdoms. Weston's climax is as tidy as his verse, with lessons learned about what truly matters (hint: it's not a person's outfit). Villa's energetic illustrations further enliven this exuberant story that ought to enchant readers, whether they are fashion plates or reprobates. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Novels in verse.
Balls (Parties) -- Fiction.
Clothing and dress -- Fiction.
Balls (Parties) -- Juvenile fiction.
Clothing and dress -- Juvenile fiction.
Publisher New York :Razorbill,2013
Contributors Rivas, Victor.
Language English
Description 207 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN 9781595145673
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