8 Princess books with a twist


Happy World Book Day 2019!

We hope you have had fun choosing outfits for your Little Feet today. Sadly the school my daughter is at hasn’t done anything today which is SUCH a shame as it is one of our favourite days. You know… because we love books so much. So instead we thought we would share with you an author and illustrator who captured the heart of my Little Feet. So much so that for the entire month of January and February I had to read one of them every single day to Little Feet B, to the point that Little Feet A and I alternate lines to add some fun to it as we were both rather bored of the story! Little Feet A knows the whole story off by heart and it is really quite hysterical listening to her say some of the lines.

You may have picked up that Daddy Feet and I don’t really like to encourage the whole Princess thing with our girls. Films like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are banned from our house. Whereas films like Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Moana and obviously Frozen are allowed. Don’t get me wrong, they still have princess fancy dress and books about princesses but, those books have princesses that are not damsels in distress and are generally pretty bad ass! It’s a girl thing and definitely a 4 year old girl thing. A weird right of passage it seems. So if your girls are princess mad and you would like to start introducing them to the concept of a Princess with a contemporary twist then this is the post for you!

  1. Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights, Steven Lennton

A dragon is supposedly threatening the kingdom so the King sends for knights in exchange for his daughters hand in marriage. Instead of allowing his daughter to help her keeps her locked in her tower. She has a thing or two to say and do about that! Little Feet A has always loved this book and dressed up as Princess Daisy for World Book Day a couple of years ago. It rhymes an is a great girl power book.


2. Zog, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

If you’re anyone you’ll already know this book, but we love the Princess Pearl and that she wants to be more then just sit around and sew. Her dream is to be a doctor and she does just that!


3. Zog and the Flying Doctors, by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

The sequel after Zog. Whereas Zog focused on the dragon, this one is all about Princess Pearl and Knight Gadabout’s adventures as the dying doctors.


4. The Worst Princess, by Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie

This book we have had for a few years and both girls have been obsessed with it off an on. For the entire month of February Little Feet B insisted we read it Every.Single.Night. To the extent that Little Feet A knows all the words. It go to the point where we were reading alternate lines just to make it more interesting and it is hysterical hearing her recite lines like, ‘Me too,’ said Sue. ‘The sneaky rascal has locked me in this stupid castle.’


5. Princess Scallywag and the Brave, Brave Knight, by Mark Sperring and Claire Powell

This is about a Princess and her mother who protect their kingdom in an alternative way. It’s wonderful and the sequel below is another one that Little Feet A and B were obsessed with last mother after coming across it in our local library.


6. Princess Scallywag and the No-Good Pirates, by Mark Sperring & Claire Powell

Last month we came across this in our local library. We read this one again and again that even Little Feet B knew all the sound noises that the book is scattered with. It’s witty and Princess Scallywag is a breath of fresh air to princess books.


7. The Princess and the Christmas Rescue, by Carol Hart & Sarah Warburton

This one is about a princess who likes to create and engineer everything and anything. Stuck at home with no friends to speak off she stumbles into Santa’s grotto just before Christmas and discovers chaos and panic as Santa is ill and not able to get the presents done. Guess who saves the day?!


8. The Princess and the Giant, by Carol Hart & Sarah Warburton

By the same author as above this Princess saves the kingdom by not giving up on a giant who is plaguing the kingdom with noise because he just cant’t sleep. While the King and Queen want to get rid of him, she decides to try and find out what the problem is.

So there you go, we hope that perhaps there is a book or two you haven’t come across and that you will give a go. All of these books are rhyming ones as lets be honest, those are the best ones!

Let us know which ones are your favourites!