Katie and the Spanish Princess, Paperback

Katie and the Spanish Princess Paperback

Part of the Katie series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Katie meets a real princess and discovers the incredible Spanish artists including Velazquez!

Katie's very excited - her birthday is coming, and she'll be having a fancy dress party!

What Katie would like more than anything, is to dress up as a princess, but Grandma can't seem to get her costume quite right!

Perhaps a trip to the art gallery will provide some inspiration ...Join Katie on her adventure inside five famous paintings as she gets to be a real princess for a day!

The five masterpieces featured are: Portrait of the Infanta Margarita by Velazquez, Don Manuel Osorio de Zuniga by Goya, The Parasol by Goya, A Peasant Boy Leaning on a Sill by Murillo, Philip IV of Spain in Brown and Silver by Velazquez


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illlustrations
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781846162480



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Katie and her grandmother are trying to make a princess dress for Katie's upcoming birthday and decide to go to the art museum to look at paintings of old-fashioned princesses. While there, Katie sees a beautiful princess in a painting and climbs into the scene, where she and the princess decide to play dress-up by swapping outfits. Katie discovers being a princess isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be, especially when she and the real princess end up on an adventure chasing a bird throughout the gallery and in and out of several paintings by other 17th and 18th century Spanish artists. Having read several of James Mayhew's "Katie" series now, I went into this book with a basic understanding of how it would operate and the rules of Katie's world. As in the past, I appreciated the combination of child-like adventure and art history, allowing kids to learn about art in a fun way from their comfort of their own home. With this title, there was a certain <i>je ne sais quoi</i> that made it even more enjoyable than some of his other "Katie" books. In particular, I liked how it played with the girlie girl culture of princess everything and ended up turning that on its head a bit. As usual, the illustrations in this book were fabulous. Mayhew does an excellent job of creating his own style while also managing to re-create famous masterpieces in a way that meshes well with Katie and her world. The book ends with a note providing some details on the painters and paintings featured in this book for children and/or parents who are interested in learning more about the art works.

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