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Princess Olivia Investigates. The Wrong Weather by Lucy Hawking, illus Zoe Persico. Pub. Puffin, 2022

May 20, 2022 Comments off

This is a story about climate change and global warming for primary and intermediate students and it is very very good. First in a series I would think and easy to read at that.

Olivia is a princess in the Kingdom of Alez. Her parents Tolemy 32nd and queen Paragona and their ancestors have ruled the Kingdom for hundreds of years but they have been neglectful and unwise in their decision making. At the start of the novel they are replaced by a citizen’s party under Jeremy Pont and Gretchen Sparks who exile the Royal family to an apartment in the city below.

Olivia and her parents are shocked at the living conditions, the air pollution and the climate of the city below their former mountain top palace. Global warming and climate change have wrecked chaos with the environment and the people live wretched lives.

What has happened and can things change? Well Olivia is very resourceful princess who meets a knowledgeable group of friends who make her decide to become a scientist and investigate what has happened,

Well written with key words on every page highlighted and short simply written explanations of global warming and climate change by well known scientists.

Olivia is a great role model and her investigations reveal the cause of all the climate change. A contemporary problem mixed with a good story. It doesn’t get better than that.

The Lighthouse Princess by Susan Wardell, Illus. Rose Northey. Pub. Puffin 2022.

April 2, 2022 Comments off

This is a Rapunzel type modern fairytale with a modern princess living a lonely life on a lighthouse watching the ships that pass by, fishing from the balcony, creating artwork from the environment around her and swimming with the seals in the rock pools.

She wasn’t sad and she wasn’t stuck” but she was lonely. A self sufficient girl in a trying environment.

One day a boy in a small fishing boat is sunk off the lighthouse and the princess rescues him in a dramatic rescue and astonishingly he asks her “do you need rescuing from this tower?”

To find her answer you will need to read this book for yourself but it is a doozy.

The illustrations by Rose Northey won the Gavin Bishop award and this is high praise indeed and fully deserved. The sea and environment around the lighthouse is powerful and menacing although there is no shortage of traffic. The animals especially the seals are very appealing with their contented looks.

A nicely packaged picture book.

Dear Princess Meghan by Sophie Siers & Katie Wilson.

November 3, 2019 Comments off

meghanDear Princess Meghan by Sophie Siers & Katie Wilson. Pub. Millwood press, 2019.

You could see this picture book as satire or you could see it as the hopes and dreams of a little girl who is in no hurry to meet her prince but has ideas about what it will take based on Princess Meghan’s wedding.

Emma is a young girl who is impressed that a girl just like herself “becomes a famous actress, falls in love with a Prince and becomes a true, real life princess”.

She is determined to follow Meghan’s path a gets the role of Anne Boleyn in the school play. She starts acting the way she thinks a princess should act in front of her family and class mates. It doesn’t go down well.

She writes to Princess Meghan in a series of letters asking her concerns “how did you learn to give orders?” Do you really have to let your maid brush your teeth?”.

Emma has a lot to learn but finally realises “luckily I’m not in any hurry to find my Prince!”

Love the letter writing and the illustrations are suitably royal and multi cultural.

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The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, illus. Angela Barrett.

October 16, 2018 Comments off

restless girlsThe Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, illus. Angela Barrett. Pub. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2018.

From the people that brought you Harry Potter comes this superb hardback novel that is old yet new at the same time.

It is old because it is about a king with 12 daughters who believes girls are not as important as boys and shouldn’t have license to explore their talents and imagination. It is new because the girls will not be subjected to the king’s decisions and use imagination to change things.

After their bright and breezy mother, Queen Laurelia is killed in a car accident while driving around the beautiful kingdom of Kalia, the King, Alberto, goes into grieving and takes away all the rights and privileges from his 12 daughters. The Palace becomes like a morgue and the girls are unhappy.

Led by eldest and very intelligent and creative daughter Princess Frida, the Princesses use imagination to visit a wondrous land where they party and dance till dawn. Unfortunately the dancing wears their shoes out and poses a mystery that the king needs to solve.

When the girls refuse to tell him how their shoes became worn he banishes Frida from the kingdom and offers one of his daughters and the crown of Kalia to any man who can solve the problem. Find out what happens, it is brilliant.

The illustrations are superb and leave room for your own imagination. Easy to read for primary and intermediate students. Adults will love it too.

Being a Princess is Very Hard Work by Sarah Kilbride, illus. Ada Grey.

May 26, 2018 Comments off

princessBeing a Princess is Very Hard Work by Sarah Kilbride, illus. Ada Grey. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2018.

What do parents say to a girl, or a boy for that matter, who wants to be a princess? Well in this glorious picture book the parents take two stances.

Firstly they point out what princesses have to do. They have to look interested all day when they are bored out of their trees. They have to look good all the time and run in long dresses. They cannot stick their tongues out or make a face and must finish their dinners even with greens. Then there is dealing with knights and dragons and no farting or burping. Sounds horrendous.

But that is not enough really so secondly they say how much they love the little girl for what she is already. But you will have to read that part for yourself.

Fabulous illustrations that fully compliment the rhyming text and with a great sense of humour. We all need some silliness in our lives.

Restoration Day by Deborah Makarios.

March 28, 2018 Comments off

restoration dayRestoration Day by Deborah Makarios. Pub. deborah.makarios.nz , 2018

Princess Lily of Arcelia is about to turn eighteen and due to inherit the throne of Arcelia so she can perform the rites of Restoration Day which renews the life of the land.

The trouble is her kingdom has been ruled by her wicked uncle Phelan who has abolished the monarchy and rules as Magister. After a civil war in which Lily’s parents were killed, Lily has been living in a castle that is protected by magic and kept hidden from the outside world by a great hedge.

Lily has been brought up by her aunt Hortensia who believes young ladies ought not to be enthusiastic and should never argue. Lily thus has an innocent jolly hockey sticks sort of manner and believes she is going to become queen as of right. She is about to change because she has to.

She escapes from her aunt, through the hedge and is soon picked up by her uncles Wolves and imprisoned with a dwarf named Malin. In a McGyver like episode Lily and Malin escape and search for the 3 Requisites needed to enact Restoration Day, renew the polluted land, and hopefully restore Lily to the throne of Arcelia. Sounds a little close to home.

Riveting stuff told with rich language and plenty of action and good values.The banterĀ  between Lily and the dwarf Malin is a highlight of the novel. A big surprise at the end.

Ideal for fantasy readers of intermediate and high school age. Contact the author direct to purchase copies.