The Newest Princess (Itty Bitty Princess Kitty #1)

by Melody Mews (Author) Ellen Stubbings (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Itty Bitty Kitty is about to become the princess of Lollyland in this first adorable book in the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter book series!

Something exciting is happening in Lollyland. Itty Bitty Kitty's eighth shooting star is about to arrive and that means she's going to become a princess! Itty's excited, but when she learns about all the things that are going to change, she's also nervous. Between trying out new hairstyles and hearing that she can't attend her regular school anymore, Itty begins to feel like she might not be cut out for this princess gig. Will Itty Bitty Kitty become Itty Bitty Princess Kitty after all?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on every page, the Itty Bitty Princess Kitty chapter books are perfect for emerging readers.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 3--Itty Bitty Kitty lives in Lollyland, a magical kingdom where candy and sweet treat landscapes feature prominently (though fruits and vegetables also grow in Goodie Grove). Inhabitants include other friendly animals, small fairies, talking flowers, and singing mermaids. As the daughter of King and Queen Kitty, Itty Bitty is excited when a messenger fairy announces her eighth shooting star is approaching, signaling the start of Itty Bitty's role as a princess. Upon learning all of the duties of a traditional princess, Itty Bitty grows increasingly reluctant and fears she is not princess material after all. She enjoys choosing a tiara and considering new wardrobe options, but is dissatisfied with the prospects of a new hairstyle, a new bedroom, and private tutoring. Itty Bitty Kitty's world will find an audience with fans of Daisy Meadows's "Rainbow Magic," though Stubbings's illustrations create an adorably rounded, comically cute cartoon quality that differentiates this title from other sugary-sweet early chapter books. The story is simple and innocuous, but children will relate to Itty Bitty's trepidation about unanticipated developments, paired with her delight in more palatable adjustments like new clothes. All is resolved quite easily when Itty Bitty's parents explain that she doesn't have to make any changes she doesn't want to make. Readers' experiences with change won't always work out this way, but the positive underlying message is about being true to oneself. VERDICT A fine purchase for medium-sized early chapter book collections, notable for its spirited illustrations.--Sara White, Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, FL

Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Melody Mews
Melody Mews is a children's book writer who lives in New York City with her husband and their two cats. Neither of her cats are of royal descent, like Itty Bitty Princess Kitty is, but don't tell them that because they definitely think they are!

Ellen Stubbings is a children's book illustrator and comic artist based in York, UK. She works in a tiny studio, often accompanied by her large tuxedo cat, Fig. Ellen is obsessed with all things cute, and this is reflected in her illustrations.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Little Simon
Publication date
February 20, 2020
Itty Bitty Princess Kitty
BISAC categories
JUV002050 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
JUV037000 - Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
JUV012030 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | General
JUV034000 - Juvenile Fiction | Royalty (kings queens princes princesses knights etc.)
JUV045000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Chapter Books
Library of Congress categories
Fantasy fiction
Juvenile works

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