Book Review: The Princess and the Dragon by Marjorie Bayes



The Princess and the Dragon - hi res cover

Children’s Book / Picture Book
Date Published: April 1, 2015
Meet the incompetent dragon and the princess who doesn’t marry the prince! The princess is tired of rescuing princes, but agrees to go the aid of a prince who has been captured by a dragon. She finds that the dragon is required by the Department of Dragons Rules and Regulations to present her with three impossible tasks, which she does in her own way, in spite of the dragon’s complaints. 
In this humorous departure from traditional “helpless princess” tales, the authoritative princess of color and the irritable dragon figure out how to work together to solve problems while finding each other annoying. In an unlikely partnership they deal first with the captured prince, then with issues of air pollution and a war, even though the princess is impatient and the dragon is not particularly competent.
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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.
The Princess and the Dragon is an adorable children’s book that is different from the typical fairy tale. This princess rescues princes rather than being rescued. When she rescues a prince from a dragon, she ends up being friends with the dragon. This is not your typical dragon. He looks green and scaly just like a dragon but he doesn’t like to breathe fire because it hurts his throat and he doesn’t like to roar.
After the princess rescued the prince, she visits the dragon a couple more times to ask for his help because he looks so scary. He reluctantly helps, although he seems to enjoy himself more than he lets on.
The pictures in The Princess and the Dragon are simple and are brightly colored. They’ll keep the attention of young children. The story will entertain children and parents alike.

About the Author

Marjorie Bayes photoMarjorie Bayes, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist. She has also been a faculty member at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the Smith College School for Social Work. Now retired and living in Denver, she enjoys theater and jazz music and writing stories and hanging out with her grandchildren. She is a member of the Gray Panthers.