Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Persnickety Princess

The Persnickety Princess
by: Falcon Storm

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Evolved Publishing presents "The Persnickety Princess," the first book in the "Tales from Upon A. Time" series by Falcon Storm. This lower grade adventure is perfect for kids 6-9 years old, though kids a little older are sure to like it too.
High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.

When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle—not to rescue her, but her younger sister—Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.

Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can’t control—her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?

And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.


This book was utterly delightful. Although I'm no where near the target age group for this book, I still found it completely entrancing and adorable.  This is the type of story that could get children who don't enjoy reading, nose deep in a book.

Both the Princesses in this story are fun to read about.  I really wish that Petunia was a little more active in the story, but perhaps that may happen in a later story from Mr Upon A. Time - who was the cutest framing device I've read in a fairy tale.  I couldn't help but snicker as he explained his name.

In fact, I wasn't left just wanting more Petunia - I wanted more of many characters! Natalie, especially. I loved the idea of a not-so-wicked Wicked Witch. Her silly, ladel-swinging antics were so hilarious, and even as an adult, I laughed pretty hard at the mental pictures she drew for me.

To me, this story didn't seem like it is a new story.  It felt like something that I could potentially have grown up with, but somehow missed until adulthood.  I'm so impressed by the writing style.  This story completely fits in with all of the old fairy tales that many of us have grown up with.

I have decided that this will be my son's first fairy tale chapter book.  I can not wait to read this too him!  Unfortunately, it's still a bit big for him.  I might try anyhow, just because I had so much fun with it that I can't wait to share that delight with my child.

This is a book that belongs on every child's book shelf!

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