Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Princess Smartypants

Princess Smartypants

by Mark Warner
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Princess Smartypants does not want to get married. She enjoys being a Ms. But being a rich and pretty princess means that all the princes want her to be their Mrs. Find out how Princess Smartypants fights to preserve her independence in this hilarious fairy-tale-with-a-difference.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Create a character profile about the perfect prince for Princess Smartypants to marry.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after some of Princess Smartypants’ amazing pets.
  • Retell the story from Princess Smartypants’ point of view.
  • Retell the story from the point of view of Prince Swashbuckle.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to add to the illustrations.
  • Are there any unfamiliar words in the story (e.g. suitor, accomplish, vertigo)? Can you find out what they mean? Could you explain their meanings to somebody else?
  • Choose one of the challenges that a prince was set. Write about it in more detail to explain what happened to the prince.
  • Write a sequel to the story in which Princess Smartypants becomes the queen.


  • Create a timetable showing the different things that Princess Smartypants might do at the start of the story.

Design Technology

  • Design some machines that can help the princes to accomplish the tasks.
  • Design an amazing castle where Princess Smartypants can live happily with her pets.


  • Design a new set of challenges for the princes who want to marry Princess Smartypants. Create a new illustration to accompany them in the book.


  • Can you find out about kings, queens, princes and princesses from around the world?


  • Can you find out about important kings, queens, princes and princesses from different periods in history?

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