Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff (Hardcover)

By Robert Paul Weston

Razorbill, 9781595145673, 224pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 2013

List Price: 15.99*
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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.

About the Author

Robert Paul Weston wandered the earth for many years doing all sorts of odd jobs. In 2008, he published his first novel-in-verse, Zorgamazoo, recipient of the California Young Reader's Medal, the Silver Birch Award, the Children's Choice Award, and an E.B. White Read Aloud Honor. His second novel was the hard-boiled fairy tale Dust City, which was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. He is also the author of the upcoming format-bender The Creature Department. When he isn't writing, Robert still wanders the earth. For more about his latest adventures go to

Praise For Prince Puggly of Spud and the Kingdom of Spiff

"Plot, theme, and writing style make this a terrific read-aloud. Creative formatting and use of various typefaces add to the fun." --School Library Journal

"These couplets beg to be read aloud...the playful language and satisfying story have extensive middle-grade appeal." --Booklist

"Like Zorgamazoo (2008), A novel in rhyme, anything but sedate." --Kirkus Reviews

"A winning story that will appeal to budding poets, fashion designers, and children looking for a laugh." --Library Media Connection

"An excellent choice for a classroom or family read aloud." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

PRAISE FOR ROBERT PAUL WESTON'S ZORGAMAZOO:“A natural descendant of the works of Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl while hewing close to the droll atmospherics of Edward Gorey and Lemony Snicket.” —Booklist (Starred, Top Ten Debut)

“If Seuss and Dahl collaborated early in their careers, something similar might have resulted.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Give this one to readers who enjoy a little nonsense.” —School Library Journal 

“A story rich in clever wordplay, unusual characters, and fantastic circumstances.” —Quill & Quire

“One of the most exciting children’s books to hit the shelves in a long time.” —Canadian Children’s Book News

“There’s something infectious, contagious, sublime / about a 280-plus-page novel written completely in rhyme.” —The Globe and Mail