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Publisher's Note:  

Sleeping Beauty's younger, non-magical sister, Annie, still can't rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend, Snow White. Snow White's evil stepmother has disappeared, and her father wants her married off right away--but who should she choose? How can she tell which prince is best? It's Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue! A hilarious and and fantastical romp through a fairy tale landscape from beloved author E D Baker.



This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books


The Bravest Princess

by E. D. Baker

Review Date:
04/01/2014

Recommended Age:
9+

Overall Rating:
****

Profanity / Language Rating:

Violence / Gore Rating:
**

Sex / Nudity Rating:
**

Overall Review:  

The Bravest Princess is a delightful fairy tale mash-up that is third in the series, 'A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess, by E. D. Baker. It contains an all-star cast of your favorite princesses and princes, as well as some well-known villains, from some well-read fairy tales. However, Baker does a wonderful job, through her story telling, turning those typical fairy tale stereotypes upside down as she adds her own twist to happily ever after. This book is a fun, fast paced, engaging and quick witted book that is a refreshing change from your typical 'prince saves the princess' type fairy tale.

 

Annie, the main character, is the adventurous sister of Sleeping Beauty. She also happens to be immune to magic, which allows her to see people and things as they really are. This helps her along in her quests and adventures, because she's the type of princess who does those sorts of things. She does have a prince by her side, but he is not the "love at first sight" type of a prince. Together they are off to help their friend Snow White, but must watch out for her wicked step-mother who has gone missing. This book follows their adventures while off to help their friend as well as save a kingdom.

 

As mentioned, this book is the third in the series, A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess, and was an enjoyable read on its own. However, I felt I was missing some of the backstory and not getting the witty remarks that referenced prior events. Therefore, I would suggest starting this series at the beginning. It was a fun take on fairy tales that was a delight to read and will no doubt delight those younger precocious readers that like your atypical fairy tale.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  None

 

Violence/Gore:  A few accounts of fairy tale type violence, including evil character threatening other characters, account of how an evil character was in jail because she was going to eat children (reference to Hansel and Gretel), a couple of attacks on a character by a flock of crows, characters trapped in a tower that is filling with water.

 

Sex/Nudity:  Several accounts (17) of characters holding hands, quickly kissing or hugging (no more than a sentence in description, most just mentioned in passing); one reference to a character caressing the cheek of a character of the opposite sex.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Incarceration.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Witch drugs another character.



Reviewed By Sally
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