Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten

Alison Murray. Candlewick/Nosy Crow, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7636-6952-2
The sparkly, embossed trail of pink yarn that loops through Murray’s (Little Mouse) extended chase story is its most distinctive feature. While Princess Penelope’s mother sits knitting, Kitty becomes entangled in the yarn and dashes off. Penelope and her dog follow the path of yarn the kitten leaves behind as she zooms through the palace and then scoots outdoors, where other animals join the hunt. Readers never lose sight of Kitty, so there’s no suspense as to her whereabouts, and while the verse has a lively meter, the rhyming is largely flat: “Penelope followed. ‘Oh, please come back, Kitty!/ The yarn will be ruined, and it was so pretty!’ ” Featuring plenty of pink (in backdrops, as well as Penelope’s flouncy skirt and polka-dot boots), the digital art has a matte finish, which lets the glittery yarn pop. And the rambunctious kitten’s scurrying—she navigates a maze of bushes and climbs onto a horse’s mane—leaves a zigzag of yarn for children to trace. The disclosure of Kitty’s final destination makes for a sweet, if somewhat anticlimactic ending. Ages 3–7. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/07/2013
Release date: 12/24/2013
Show other formats
Hardcover - 25 pages - 978-0-85763-231-9
Hardcover - 26 pages - 978-0-85763-268-5
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.