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Random House Books for Young Readers (2019-08-06)
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Children’s picture books


by Holm, Jennifer L.Holm, Matthew

For every parent tired of telling their kids to PLEASE JUST GET ALONG, this hilarious and imaginative new picture book--from the beloved creators of Babymouse--is here to help. Sort of.

Meet the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight. She casts terrible spells, while he fights dragons. He rescues cats in distress, while she makes mischief. No wonder there isn't much peace in this kingdom! But is the Evil Princess really so evil? And is the Brave Knight truly as chivalrous as he seems? Children and parents will laugh at seeing familiar family dynamics play out in this charming and imaginative new story.

This book takes familiar fairytale tropes and adds a sibling rivalry, complete with a hilarious magic mirror that serves as a stern parental figure. It's clever, fresh, and the first of four books featuring the Evil Princess and the Brave Knight.

Jennifer L. Holm is the New York Times bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish and several other highly acclaimed novels, including the Scott O'Dell Award-winning Full of Beans and three Newbery Honor Books, Our Only May Amelia, Penny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. With her brother Matt, she is cocreator of beloved and bestselling graphic novels, including the Babymouse, Squish, and Sunny Side Up series. @jenniholm

Matthew Holm is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has created more than 35 books for children. He is the cocreator (with his sister, Jennifer) of a number of graphic novels, including the Eisner Award-winning Babymouse series and the Squish and Sunny Side Up series. Matt recently cowrote and illustrated the middle-grade novel Marvin and the Moths. He lives in the Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and dog. @mattholm

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...a droll portrait of the love-hate sibling bond--both medieval and modern.

Review: Publishers Weekly

With a picture-book debut destined for storytimes across the land, the award-winning Holms... play up the fun side of familial rivalry. The friendly battle will ring true to anyone with a playmate sibling, and young listeners will delight in the hilarious back and forth. HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: This first foray into picture books by the best-selling, award-winning sibling duo is sure to draw interest.

Review: Booklist

THE EVIL PRINCESS VS. THE BRAVE KNIGHT was chosen by the Children's Book Council to be included on their highly selective "Hot Off the Press" reading list for August 2019.

Quote: Grinberg

...a welcome, rare, and inclusive mirror for many children in similar families. The Holm siblings strike again!

Review: Kirkus

This enjoyable tale... will be a hit where parents need to make quarreling kids see the funny side of their battles.

Review: School Library Journal

Italian: Picarona ; Spanish and Catalan: Obelisco

Quote: Grinberg

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