Sunday, October 3, 2010

Annie Enchanted

In keeping with my last review of "The Secret Lives of Princesses" I've decided to stay in the fairy tale realm with another book about princesses. Although it is clearly aimed at preteen girls this book has adventure and a strong secondary male character. If you enjoyed Ella Enchanted you'll probably like this book as well.

“The Wide-Awake Princess"

By E. D. Baker
For ages 9 – 12

It’s “Sleeping Beauty” through the eyes of her sister, Annie. She's immune to magic which means she remains wide awake when "Sleeping Beauty" curse takes hold, hence the title of the book. Look for whimsy, adventure and tongue-in-cheek references. Rated 3.5 (humor, princesses, relationships)

This twisted fairy tale follows Princess Annie, who happens to be immune to magic, as she sets out to find Prince Charming. Now you must understand, she's not looking for her "Prince Charming." Oh no, she's looking for the Prince Charming in the hopes of breaking the curse that has put everyone in her kingdom to sleep. Along the way she stumbles into many a fabled story – “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Princess and the Pea” and “Rapunzel” are just a few of the tales you'll recognize.

With a down-to-Earth heroine, humor and a good message for young girls, Baker teaches us that everyone has special gifts. Our job is to embrace the gifts we've been given and be proud of who we are. Princesses and a little romance make “The Wide-Awake Princess” best suited for girls, but there is enough adventure to keep boys interested as well in this fun, fast and enjoyable book.