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THE WILD TALES OF A CURIOUS PRINCESS

Author: Heather McGhee

Illustrator: Shari Lynn Myers

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Publisher: A Better Be Write Publisher,

Material: paperback

Summary: Did you ever wonder how princesses learn to be princesses? They attend Princess Prep and study courses like Damsel In Distress 101; Screaming for Help 243; Dressing For Balls 147; or Meeting Your Princes’ Steed 355. Though only thirteen, Princess Penelope Amazing (her last name) had become bored and was anxious to go on a great adventure. This is the story of her adventure. This is a fantasy story set about pursuing your passion, told by the princess herself.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, family reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up

Interest Level: 8 to 13

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: The book,like its main protagonist, is innovative, unique, and very atypical. An imaginative plot, characters, events, and settings are what distinguish it from its peers. Princess Penelope, is smart, loyal to her friends, brave, and not so much rebellious as firm in her ideas and visions. She is a role model for the main target audience (girls ages 8 to 10). The plot is extravagant, involving wild adventures and the most outlandish creatures and settings. It's language is, like a dialogue, making it seem sometimes like the author is telling the story to the reader in person. Each chapter opens with charming black-and-white illustrations. This book gives a very fresh, creative perspective on a classic storyline and definitely extends the boundaries of what can be expected in princess fairytales.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is the author’s first book. She is a good story teller and has a puckish sense of humor. Hopefully she will grace us with another story about the life and times of Princess Penelope Amazing and the curriculum at Princess Prep. PS - If you are afraid of Ogres, Wizards, Dragons, Griffins, Gargoyles, Giants, or Gnomes, don’t read this book by yourself.

Pros: This is a fantasy story aimed at the pre-teen age group. It is a good story, engages readers immediately, and hits a lot of the things (monsters and dragons) that excite the intended readership.

Cons: The illustrations are weak. They need to have a greater impact (size and number) or not used

Borrow or Buy: This is a fantasy work that young audiences will enjoy. Its rightful home would be the classroom or school library shelves. It would be an appropriate and welcome gift for a pre-teen who enjoys reading, especially fantasy works.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE PORTLY PRINCESS OF THYNNELAND   IF I HAD A MAGIC CARPET   PENELOPE AND PRISCILLA AND THE ENCHANTED HOUSE OF WHISPERS

Educational Themes: There are no ponderous issues to discuss, but, if you are trying to maintain an interest in reading, this book is one that has a chance of sustaining a teen's interest.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2007

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