Princess Pinecone is short and cute, not exactly warrior material, and that is how others treat her. Ignoring her warriors spirit, they give her sweaters instead of shields. Finally she's had enough, she's determined to make sure her parents give her one great gift. Instead of a horse she gets...a stubby, farting pony. Princess Pinecone dislikes being judged by her physical characteristics, but she herself makes the same mistake, judging her roly-poly pony by her expectations. When the day of the great battle arrives, this young girl is in for a surprise, those big, burly warriors love her cute, cuddly pony. They too, are not what they appear to be. Kate Beaton's exaggerated art is quite amusing. Big eyes define cute characters and those overwhelmed by the cuteness, and the warriors do some wacky things. The story is perfectly paced, and each unexpected turn only adds to the reader's delight. Kate Beaton has created an honest and one-of-a-kind picture book that speaks to expectations, body types, and judging others not by their cover, but by what's inside. Princess don't have to be tall and elegant, warriors can come in all packages, and even a roly-poly pony can even win battles, just in its own way.