In Royal Rescues #1: The Naughty Kitten--the first book in Paula Harrison's sweet new chapter book series, illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller--a pet-loving princess finds and helps animals in trouble--even if it's against the rules of being royal!
Princess Bea loves animals, and wants a pet of her own more than anything.
But her father, the king, says that the Ruby Palace is no place for pets. Still, if Princess Bea finds animals in trouble, she's not going to let a little thing like royal rules stop her from helping. When Bea rescues a stray kitten from a tree, she promises to keep it safe until she can find its owner.
But the adventurous kitten keeps getting into trouble! And when it goes exploring in the middle of the night, Bea will need to be very brave...
K-Gr 3--Princess Beatrice would love to have a pet, but her father King George does not think a royal palace is suitable for animals. When Beatrice and her siblings go to the park for a kite-flying contest and Bea finds a kitten all alone and stuck in a tree, she can't help but rescue him. Against the rules of her father, Bea sneaks the kitten home and tries to keep him hidden. However, kittens are rambunctious, and her plan is soon revealed. Thankfully, Tiger the kitten's boisterous antics help catch a thief, and Princess Bea is able to convince her dad that pets can have a place at the palace. Young readers who enjoy royalty or animal-based series, such as Daisy Meadows's "Rainbow Magic" or Harrison's other series, will devour this newest princess-and-pet offering. Frequent illustrations dot the chapters, and text is large and manageable for early chapter readers. The story is fully plot driven, but the vocabulary and concepts are appropriate for the audience. Bea and her family are all people of color, and the location of the kingdom is not specified. VERDICT A pleasant story of princesses and pets that is likely to appeal to early readers who enjoy these topics. An additional purchase.--Ellen Conlin, Naperville P.L., ILCopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.