Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff is the third novel by the talented Robert Paul Weston.
This story, about the importance of fashion, reminds me of a twist on tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes. Prince Puggly of Spud and Princess Francesca of Spiff are unique but oddballs in their own kingdoms. Once a recluse, Puggly finds himself elevated as a prince while Francesca climbs on top of pillows to escape in her books but is forced to come down and join the party. When the outcasts join forces, it’s for the betterment of both kingdoms.
From the first page, the readers will be delighted by the rhyming verses and even more impressed that Robert is able to keep up the momentum for 200 pages. Besides a skill with his vocabulary, the best part of this book is the author's editorial control over the layout of the pages. It’s beyond italicizing and bolding certain words. If an object is floating in the air, the actual words to the sentence will float across the page. It's almost like a graphic novel. The author’s control of the white space gives the novel a life of its own. Even though this book is targeted for middle school, adults will treasure this story and enjoy getting jokes glossed over by teenagers.
The next middle-grade rhyming novel from the award-winning author of Zorgamazoo!
Prince Puggly of the muddy, terminally unfashionable Kingdom of Spud is surprised when he receives an invitation to a lavish ball in the far more chic Kingdom of Spiff. Puggly is sure that the Spiffs will take one look at him and laugh him out of their kingdom. And that’s exactly what they do. . . . But then Puggly meets Francesca, the bookish Princess of Spiff, and together the two set out to teach Francesca’s Spiffian countrymen an absurd lesson in style. Award-winning author Robert Paul Weston once again delivers a humorous fantasy in rhyming verse that just begs to be read aloud. And this time, it comes with a message that’s sure to impress: There’s more to a person than how they are dressed.