This isn't acceptable at all, so the King rides off in a huff. Ditto the Queen when she comes to visit. Finally, the royal household sends Genevieve, the royal crystal spoon-washer, because she is the quietest, gentlest, and most ordinary of all.
When Bloom asks why the King and Queen sent a girl entrusted with only a spoon's maintenance to save a kingdom, Genevieve replies that she is ordinary.
The fairy with heavy footfalls and the propensity to leave dirt everywhere is also a can-do feminist, and she teaches Genevieve that "there's no such thing as an ordinary girl." Genevieve returns to the kingdom loud, in charge, full of dirt, and perfectly capable of rebuilding the kingdom ... in brick.
Cronin, author of Dooby Dooby Moo, Click Clack Moo, and other silly barnyard tales, hands readers a surprise and a gift with this story to be shared with all the girls in your life.
Crash! The Cat by David McPhail. This book has some of the most terrifyingly illustrated children I've ever had the misfortune to see in a picture book. I remarked to a coworker that the two girls looked like they were trying out for a Stephen King novel adaptation. Crash the cat resembles not so much a feline but a rabbit (add long ears and cut off the tail and you've got Crash the bunny), and he sleeps in a small human-shaped bed. As cats do.
A good pick for Halloween if you want to have nightmares about ill-dressed children with hair like octopi.