10 Gender-Bending Children's Books You'll Love

By: Daniel Villarreal

Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole (1997)

If you crossed Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew with the Grimm brothers fairy tale The Frog Prince and then added a wickedly wonderful twist ending, you'd basically have Princess Smartypants, which should be mandatory reading for any smart young person who doesn't need a prince to "save" them.

You'll love watching Princess Smartypants outwit her ridiculously named male suitors — like Prince Swimbladder — one after another, in pursuit of a single life happily ever after.

But when Prince Swashbuckle appears and handily completes each and every one of the princess' tasks, will she finally be forced to wed? Don't count on it.