Author(s): Babette Cole
Eric the giant comes to Princess Smartypants' door, having mysteriously found items of male clothing. Princess Smartypants recognises them as property of the princes, and sets off to the fairytale land, to see what the princesses can tell them. Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel are in tears because their fiances (the princes) have all disappeared. Princess Smartypants asks the three princesses where they last saw their men, and she works out where to go next. She and Eric find that the princes have been kidnapped by a fierce troll and are being made to work the troll bridge. Princess Smartypants says she will swap the giant for the princes as he is a more effective worker. But, of course, she intends no such thing. The troll agrees and puts the princes on one end of the bridge, ready to make the crossing. At the pivotal moment, Eric jumps on his end of the bridge and the other side is flung up (like a seesaw). The princes are flung into the air back to Princess Smartypants' side. She grabs them and hurls them to safety. Eric jumps again, and the troll goes flying ...flying ...flying ...never to be seen again.
Lovely line drawings embellish the pages and combine with the short chapters to make the book a great way to encourage readers who love her picture books to move on to full-length fiction Parents in Touch
Babette Cole is one of the world's best loved writers and illustrators of children's picture books. She has created more than 150 picture books and her bestselling Doctor Dog has been adapted as a successful children's cartoon TV series. Famous for her wacky sense of humour, most of her work is comedy like The Smelly Book, The Hairy Book, The Slimy Book and The Silly Book. Babette Cole was born on Jersey in the British Channel Islands. She attended the Canterbury College of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts) and received a BA Honours first class with distinction in animation. She is a fellow of KIAD. She worked with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate creating children's BBC TV programs such as Bagpuss. Her work has been widely televised on BBC's Jackanory, CBeebies and Channel 4.