Princess Dinosaur

by Daniel Kibblesmith (Author) Ashley Quach (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Perfect for fans of Princesses Wear Pants, this spirited and expectation-defying story introduces a spunky heroine who knows she can be anything she wants.

Princess Dinosaur loves wearing pink dresses and hosting fancy tea parties. But she also loves roaring and making messes. Embodying both parts of her personality to the fullest, Princess Dinosaur isn't just one thing, she's a princess and a dinosaur (and some other things, too)!

Publishers Weekly

This rhyming picture book introduces readers to Princess Dinosaur, a lime-green reptilian gal who contains multitudes. Outlining her oft-changing interests and qualities, Kibblesmith aptly conveys children's complexity, mutability, and fickleness in playful prose ("She's ferocious as can be./ She also hosts a lovely tea"). A memorable spread shows Princess Dinosaur shifting in size and shape, unleashing "her inner beast" on the bright left page before the right page features her small and sequestered form in a white-walled room for a resulting time-out. Illustrations done in watercolors and ink pens are bold but flatly colored; Quach makes effective use of varying perspectives, however, evoking Frank Remciewicz's classic Froggy character designs, while hand-lettered typography adds a colorfully engaging emphasis. An inspiring story that gently bucks gendered expectations and celebrates how multifaceted dinosaurs--and children--can be. Ages 4-8. (Jan.)

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Daniel Kibblesmith
Daniel Kibblesmith is an Emmy-nominated television writer for places like Netflix, Marvel, and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He is the author of Santa's Husband and co-author of the humor book How To Win At Everything. In comics, he's written Marvel's Loki, Black Panther Vs. Deadpool, and others for Marvel and D.C. He was one of the founding editors of ClickHole and his humor writing can be seen in places like the New Yorker and McSweeney's. He is married to his favorite author, Jennifer Wright. Princess Dinosaur is his children's book debut.
Ashley Quach is an illustrator best known for Santa's Husband. She began in webcomics, drawing a mixture of autobio and wacky longform comics for her website, Quach is also a radio dramatist, having created the award-winning comedy podcast Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!). She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
January 20, 2021
Age Range
4 - 8 years

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