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Kate Beaton was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, studied history and anthropology at Mount Allison University and worked in a museum before beginning her web comic Hark! A Vagrant in 2007, which now receives around 1.2 million hits each month. Her collection by that title debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2011, and was named one of Time Magazine's Best Books of the year in 2012. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker and in the Guardian. She now lives in Toronto. Visit Kate's website at www.harkavagrant.com and follow her on twitter @beatonna.
Beaton - who has a marvellous talent for capturing nuances of facial expressions in an exaggerated cartoon style - makes Penelope look deeply nonplussed at the barbarian's cuddliness. [...] Children's books in general, and The Princess and the Pony in particular, seem to have a more mature sense of the way that strength can mean not the biggest gun, but the cutest sweater. -- The Guardian Online * The Guardian Online * A late addition with big potential, Jon Klassen's tagline sums it up rather perfectly: "Heart, wisdom and a farting pony." The deadpan humour is a treat, and it certainly hits the picture book jackpot of making children and adults laugh. * The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide * Beaton is one of the sharpest, funniest comics creators in the business. Her witty, take-no-prisoners feminism is absolutely on display here, but she doesn't go for an easy girl-power resolution: instead, she lets everyone be both a badass and a sentimentalist. The spreads in this are amazing: the giant fight scene and the warriors in their sweaters? Perfection. It is the perfect, perfect book about girls, gender roles, and adorable ponies. -- Cory Doctorow * Boing Boing * The Manga style cartoon illustrations are wonderfully expressive and filled with hilarious details, while the daft story has a logic all of its own. Princesses, let alone their ponies, are not normally like this! -- Andrea Reece * Love Reading 4 Kids * Fall in love with a teeny-tiny, roly-poly, cutie pie of a farting pony in this wickedly funny tale for young children [...] Brave Viking warriors and big surprises abound in this warm-hearted tale that's sure to make both children and adults roar with laughter. * Primary Times * This hilarious story is wonderfully illustrated in a quirky and whimsicle style. It's perfect for reading aloud and is sure to engage kids and grown-ups alike. * Inis Reading Guide * I suspect this one will become a much-requested book in early years settings and infant classrooms: certainly children will love the comic style art work and the determined little warrior princess, but it's most likely to be the pony that steals the show. * Red Reading Hub * Beaton, with her background in comics, has a hilarious, fresh style. Her superhero warriors (many of whom are women) are wonderful, her colours are quirky and pacing is perfect. * Children's Books Ireland *