Reader Reviewed Sir Lilypad by Anna Kemp

Sir Lilypad

Written by Anna Kemp
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

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June 2015 Book of the Month From the creators of the best-selling The Worst Princess comes another funny, appealing picture book. Our hero, Sir Lilypad, has big ambitions – he wants to save a princess, and if he grows a bit in the process, that’s only good. He’s teeny you see, even for a frog. When he finds the princess, he’s disappointed to discover that she doesn’t need a knight to save her, but cheers up when she recruits him into her band. Sir Lilypad is soon cutting the bullies down to size, and standing up for the (other) little guys! Anna Kemp’s rhyming text, with its positive message, is a hoot, and Sara Ogilvie’s illustrations, whether of frogs, a picnicking dragon, or gardening ogre, are delightful. A palpable hit! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Robyn Chorley, age 6 - 'Really funny book, lovely story and fun illustrations. Robyn found this book very funny - she's enjoyed reading it lots to her younger sister.'
  • James McNichol, age 5 - 'A wonderful rhyming tale with brilliant illustrations that really add to the book.  We would highly recommend reading it.'
  • Emily Welbourn, age 4 - 'A funny, sweet, engaging book about a small frog with big ambitions!...My four year old loved him for his bravery and sense of fun and adventure.'
  • Huxley Glen, age 4 - 'The book was easy to read and was full of funny characters. The illustrations were very colourful and helped to bring the characters and story to life.'


Sir Lilypad by Anna Kemp

An enchanting follow-up to The Worst Princess, this sparky, funny picture book is another tale of triumph over adversity, as the miniscule amphibian tries his very best to achieve his dream of becoming a brave knight. Of course, he must rescue a damsel in distress to prove his worth, but has a spot of bother finding his princess... Enter Sue, our feisty heroine, whom we last saw getting muddy knees and battling baddies in The Worst Princess. Along with her tea-drinking dragon companion, they show Sir Lilypad that mind over matter is the way forward...

With a bouncing ryhming text and Sara Ogilvie’s vibrant illustrations, packed with lovely details and humorous touches, Sir Lilypad shows children the joy of celebrating your individuality and striving for your dreams, no matter what... and the value of friends who love you unconditionally.


Praise for The Worst Princess:

"Those sick of the cult of pink princesses will appreciate this quirky take on the traditional princess tale…A very funny new picture book" The Bookseller Children's Buyers Guide

"Wonderfully illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, this picture book is so funny" Independent on Sunday

"Packed with wry, understated humour which ensures that it will be enjoyed over and over again. As far as I'm concerned, she's the best Princess." Peters educational books website

About the Author

Anna Kemp

Anna Kemp grew up in a street with a gang of kids and spent her childhood stickerswapping, playing pac-man and co-ordinating BMX displays. Later, she went to Oxford University to study French and Italian. She has also completed a PhD in French Women's Writing at King's College, London. The Worst Princess is her third book for Simon and Schuster.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd

Publication date

4th June 2015




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