The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp

The Worst Princess

Written by Anna Kemp
Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

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Shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013

A funny new picture book from the team behind the successful Dogs Don't Do Ballet and Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes! Girls everywhere will be cheering for Sue in this story of determination and derring-do. The galloping, tongue-in-cheek rhyming text will keep readers amused for hundreds of re-readings as the feisty Princess Sue tries to escape the clutches of a Prince Charming or perhaps not so charming after all, in Princess Sue's eyes at least!

Sara Ogilvie is the winner of the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award 2011 and was shortlisted for the Best Emerging Illustrator Award 2010. Anna Kemp was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2011.


The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp

Once upon a time, in a tower near you, Lived a sad princess; the Princess Sue. Some day, she sighed, my prince will come, But I wish he'd move his royal bum. But when Princess Sue's prince finally does arrive, he's not quite what she had in mind. Find out how the princess escapes the clutches of her twit of a prince in this funny twist on the traditional princess tale.


Praise for Dogs Don’t Do Ballet:

“Children will love this quirky story.” The Sun

“Laugh-out-loud funny but also has a touching message about following your dreams.” Sunday Express

“This heart-warming and humorous story will help children to realise that everybody,

including themselves, can surprise with an unexpected talent.” Nursery Education Plus

Praise for Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes:

“Offers a good-humoured warning to parents who don’t listen… The massive, full-colour pictures make this a delicious book.” The Independent on Sunday

“Recalls the classic picture book Not Now, Bernard but with a funnier ending. Skilled andlight-hearted illustrations add to the amusement.” The Sunday Times

“A quirky and original tale with wonderfully dry humour.” The Bookseller

“Adorable.” The Express

“Charming.” The Telegragh Magazine

“This tale proved to be an emotional rollercoaster with plenty of funny and charming moments as well.” Scottish Book Trust

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

26th April 2012




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