Picture Book Review – I Want A Boyfriend – Tony Ross (Author & Illustrator)
Recommended for – Toddlers, Younger Readers
For anyone who’s read I Want My Potty, you know exactly what’s going to happen here – the Little Princess demands a boyfriend, for she deserves to be looked after. However, is Donald really the right choice, or is she going to have to try and find a second boyfriend?
There’s something wonderful about the Little Princess stories, and it mainly stems from the hilarious way the princess demands something and everyone around her reacts in a panic to ensure she gets it. In this case, watching them cry ‘She wants a boyfriend!’ and then settling for Donald is brilliant, particularly as it becomes clear very quickly that they aren’t suited at all. When they both declare their hatred for the opposite sex and go back to doing what they were before they were thrust together, I couldn't help smiling at the perfect portrayal of the stereotypical relationship between boys and girls of this age. All that was missing was a declaration that ‘Boys smell!’ and it would have been the greatest depiction I've ever seen in any form of media anywhere.
The illustrations, like all Tony Ross’ work, have a slightly uneven feeling to them, which help match the Princess’ slightly uneven personality, and they’re very distinctive – you’d know that you were picking up a Little Princess story even if there weren't any words on the cover.
All the books in the series are great fun, but this is one of the best that I've read.