Precocious Princesses: Spindle’s End

This is the fifth (and final) post in my "Precocious Princesses" series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess tales. Spindle's End by Robin McKinley Ace Books, 2001 354 pages If "Rapunzel" is progressive as princess tales go, "Sleeping Beauty" is at the opposite end of the spectrum. However embellished, the story usually goes something … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: Spindle’s End

Precocious Princesses: Rapunzel

This is the fourth post in my "Precocious Princesses" series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess fairy tales. Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale, ill. by Nathan Hale Bloomsbury, 2008 144 pages For a princess story, the tale of Rapunzel is fairly subversive. To begin with, she's not actually a princess, or even … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: Rapunzel

Precocious Princesses: The Ordinary Princess

This is the third post in my "Precocious Princesses" series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess fairy tales. The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye Viking, 2002 112 pages Developing this series, I looked high and low for a good tween-oriented princess tale.  There was Ella Enchanted, of course, but it seemed like such … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: The Ordinary Princess

Precocious Princesses: The Apple-Pip Princess

This is the second post in my Precocious Princesses series, reviews of inspiring alternatives to traditional princess fairy tales. The Apple-Pip Princess by Jane Ray Candlewick Press, 2007 32 pages Inspiration is a funny thing. It's hard to come by, but highly contagious.  It has an inexorable power but works according to the choices of … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: The Apple-Pip Princess

Precocious Princesses: The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch; ill. by Michael Martchenko Annick Press, 1992 32 pages In honor of my first blogiversary, I've decided to do something every blogger has to do at some point or another: write a series.  I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it! Princesses--they're everywhere. … Continue reading Precocious Princesses: The Paper Bag Princess