The Unruly Queen

The Unruly Queen

Book - 2012 | First edition.
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Fifty-two nannies in fifty-two weeks -- and Minerva von Vyle is still impossible! Can anyone
tame this spoiled, wild child?

"But what sort of queen lives with beasts in a cave?"
"The sort," Nanny answered, "who never behaves."

Minerva rules her household with shrieks and commands, demanding candy for dinner and refusing to entertain any discussion of bedtime. Indeed, fifty-two nannies have run screaming from the house. But when the elegant and bespectacled fifty-third nanny, undaunted by Minerva's tirades, appears on the scene to crown her young charge "the Unruly Queen," tutu-clad Minerva is thrilled -- until she hears the details of the position. E. S. Redmond's brisk, bouncy rhymes and vibrant, delightfully detailed artwork portray Minerva's unyielding awfulness and Nanny's unshakable calm with comedic flair, prompting even the most unmanageable youngsters to be careful what they wish for.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780763634452
Branch Call Number: E RED
Characteristics: 32 unnumbered pages :,color illustrations ;,29 cm

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forbesrachel Mar 23, 2014

Minerva is spoiled. A "queen" among queens. Her parents are too busy to pay attention or discipline her, and her servants have no choice but to serve her every whim. Her nannies, well they run from this troublesome terror. That is until the 53rd nanny arrives to crown her the queen of a kingdom of monsters. Some clever reverse psychology on her part does wonders. What little girl wants to live among a bunch of nasty, messy monsters afterall. Hearing how these creatures act like a certain misbehaving child, Minerva learns to not take her fortunate lifestyle for granted. As she gets ready for bed, the beasts in the background continue to cause trouble, looking more and more dejected as she behaves. For this story of a child spoiled rotten, the artist created spindly, elongated, and deformed characters to match this horrific nature. Additionally, it works well within the context of a monster infested world, a kingdom which Minerva nearly claims. Desaturated colours maintain this expressionistic style, however it refrains from being truly frightening because of the prominent pinks and purples. Poetic and eloquent, even with the choice of subject matter, this is one of the few authors who goes beyond the use of mere rhyme. Devices include: alliteration, imagery, onomatopoeia, and the author often gives multiple examples or descriptions for emphasis. Older children will appreciate the writing's quality, use of uncommon words, and clever lesson.

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ladiemedusa
Aug 07, 2012

A delightfully funny story about a spoiled girl, neglected by her wealthy parents and left to be pampered to her hearts content...and to the detriment of the adult servants around her! Great story to teach kids to be grateful and to be self reliant and helpful. No one wants to live with the unruly petulant peak with the monsters!

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Aug 07, 2012

ladiemedusa thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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