The Princess and the Pony

by Kate Beaton, Illustrated By Kate Beaton

Arthur A. Levine Books
July 2015

Ages 4 – 7 . Grades PreK – 2

Library of Congress: AVAILABLE

Lexile measure: AD530L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M



Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...

From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.
Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton is the author of The Princess and the Pony, which received four starred reviews and was selected as an ALA Notable Children's Book, and Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops!, both #1 New York Times bestselling comics collections. Kate is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her cartoons have been featured in the New Yorker. Kate lives in Canada, and you can find her online at, or on Twitter and Tumblr as @beatonna.


  • Praise for The Princess and the Pony :

    * "Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own. " -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    * "A highly recommended, charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness." -- School Library Journal, starred review

    * "A smart, brisk story that tosses aside conventional ideas of what princesses (and ponies) are 'supposed' to be." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    * "The perfect combination of heartwarming and hilarious." -- Booklist, starred review

    "I don't know how you make such a pretty book that has heart and wisdom and also a farting pony, but Kate Beaton does, and we are lucky that she does." -- Jon Klassen, Caldecott Medal-winning creator of This Is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back

    "Author Kate Beaton—best known for her hilarious Hark! A Vagrant comics—has created a book you’ll genuinely want to read to your kids." -- Parents Magazine

    Praise for Hark! A Vagrant :

    Included on more than twenty Year's Best lists, including Time, E!, Publishers Weekly, and

    * "That rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Not only fun, but also a good lead-in for teens who may want to explore authors and events they first discover in the riffs here." -- School Library Journal

    Awards for Kate Beaton

    2009 Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent

    2011 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work

    2012 Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work

    2012 Harvey Award Special Award for Humor in Comics

    2012 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545637084

40pp. | 11 x 9