Princess Smartypants Comes of Age

Babette Cole’s irrepressible and wacky heroine is 21 this year.

Princess Smartypants will be celebrated in a unique exhibition and party at The Illustration Cupboard in central London from Wednesday 20 September to Saturday 6 October 2007.

Princess Smartypants first appeared 21 years ago as the feminist princess with a mind of her own who definitely didn’t need rescuing and never wanted to get married. In Long Live Princess Smartypants, the motor-bike riding heroine finally decides that she would like a baby but doesn’t want the husband to go with it! 21 years since Babette Cole’s book first appeared there is the chance to purchase and view original artwork from this hilarious 21st century fairy-tale. There will also be the chance to purchase and view other artwork by Babette Cole.

A full website preview of this exhibition is now on view, please click on the link below

Work from these books will be included:

Princess Smartypants
Long Live Princess Smartypants
That's Why!
Hair in Funny Places
Mummy Never Told Me
The Hairy Book
The Bad Good Manners Book
Drop Dead


On Saturday 29th September, the Illustration Cupboard Gallery will hold the PRINCESS SMARTYPANTS BIRTHDAY PARTY. Babette will be there from 2pm onwards to sign books, answer questions and read stories. There will also be a raffle and prizes for the best dressed Princess Smartypants, as well as birthday cake and refreshements.

At 11am on Saturday 29th September, Babette will also be running an hour-long workshop about her work as an illustrator and offering tips and advice to budding illustrators. Thirty tickets for this event are available at £25 and are offered on a first come first served basis. For more information, please contact the Gallery on 020 7976 1727

How to get there:
By tube: Green Park underground (Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee)
By Bus: 9, 14, 19, 38, and 22
By Car: Meter Parking: 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, Congestion Charge applies during the week, 7am to 6pm.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm
Saturday 12pm to 5pm

Entrance is free
Families are welcome
Wheelchair access
Exhibition date
20 September to 6 October 2007
22 Bury St, London