From NBC’s TODAY coanchor Savannah Guthrie and educator Allison Oppenheim comes an empowering fairy tale with a twist.
In the tradition of Not All Princesses Dress in Pink and Princess in Black, Princesses Wear Pants follows the unflappable Princess Penelope Pineapple, who knows how to get the job done while staying true to herself. Princess Penelope lives in a beautiful palace with a closet full of beautiful dresses. But being a princess is much, much more than beauty. In fact, every morning Princess Penelope runs right past her frilly dresses to choose from her beloved collection of pants!
What she wears each day depends on which job she has to do. Will she command the royal air force sporting her sequined flight suit? Will she find her zen in her yoga pants and favorite tee? Or, will she work in the kingdom’s vegetable garden with pocketed overalls for all of her tools?
Unfortunately for Princess Penelope, not everyone in the Pineapple Kingdom thinks pants are always appropriate princess attire. When the grand Lady Busyboots demands that Princess Penelope must wear a gown to the annual Pineapple Ball, the young royal finds a clever way to express herself. Penelope’s courage (and style choices) result in her saving the day!
In their debut children’s picture book, Savannah Guthrie and Allison Oppenheim team up for a savvy and imaginative story that celebrates fashion and girl power. Perfect for fans of Nickelodeon’s Nella the Princess Knight, Princesses Wear Pants challenges gender stereotypes in the name of individuality, showing girls it’s not how they look but what they do that matters.
The answer is, of course, yes: that girls can wear pants as much as they like isn't news. Nonetheless, debut authors Guthrie, a Today Show host, and Oppenheim, a parent educator, introduce princess Penelope Pineapple, who believes, "Crowns and gowns have their place, no doubt./ But that's not all this girl was about." In addition to a closet full of dresses, Penny has an armoire stocked with pants for every occasion, whether farming, hosting a science fair, or hanging out. During the Pineapple Ball, Penny's decision to wear swim trunks under her dress pays off when she saves the royal cat from drowning. Debut illustrator Byrne's images awash in pink, and rendered in elegant, loopy lines exude an unapologetic fashionista sensibility that should find fans. But the perspective that motivates the story seems unnecessarily narrow (Penny is being true to herself, yes, but one can also make an impact on the world while wearing a dress), and the lumbering verse ("As the crowds climbed down the palace staircase,/ None could imagine what would soon take place") doesn't help. Ages 3 7. Authors' agency: Creative Artists Agency. Illustrator's agent: Anne Moore Armstrong, Bright Group.