Book Review: Laurel’s Marvelous Kingdom by Monique Roy

Author: Monique Roy
Publisher: Writer’s Republic
Pages: 36
Genre: Children


When the wicked witch of the land snatches up Princess Astrid, her sister, Princess Laurel, realizes it will take more than her plant-growing superpowers to rescue her. With the help of a handsome prince, Laurel rides deep into the dark forest in search of the witch’s den.

To her horror, Laurel discovers that Astrid is jealous of her superpowers, and has teamed up with the witch to weaken Laurel’s powers. Now, Laurel must convince Astrid to abandon her evil ways and return to goodness — before the witch and Astrid shed harm onto the kingdom.

This fairy tale story will enliven the imagination of children with a little witchy fun in between. The story teaches children about what makes us unique, appreciating your special characteristics, and doing what you love.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Children who like to read about princes and princesses will enjoy this story of a magical princess, her non-magical sister, and a prince. Of course, there’s also an evil witch to make the story interesting.

The reading level is a little more advanced than for beginners and it has beautiful, colorful illustrations. Along with a good story, Laurel’s Marvelous Kingdom also teaches about kindness and that each of us is special in our own way.

There is a happily ever after for the prince and princess, as required by fairy tales, but I like that it includes happy endings for Princess Astrid and their friend Benedict as well.

This is definitely a book worth adding to your child’s library.

Book Excerpt:

A young, beautiful princess named Laurel lived in a marvelous kingdom where steep, gray mountains touched the clouds and a long, zigzagging river flowed around forests. She was more than a pretty princess who dwelled in a giant castle. Laurel possessed a magical power—with a single touch of her hand or a single tear from her eyes, she could make trees grow, flowers blossom, and plants flourish. Her name signified the beauty all the trees, plants, and flowers gave to the Earth. She was greatly admired by all, except a few who were jealous and evil.

About the Author

Monique Roy’s passion for writing began as a young girl while penning stories in a journal. Now she looks forward to deepening her passion by creating many unique stories that do nothing less than intrigue her readers.

Monique holds a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and is the author of a middle-grade book Once Upon a Time in Venice, historical fiction novel Across Great Divides, historical fiction novel A Savage Kultur, and children’s book Laurel’s Marvelous Kingdom. 

Monique was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and her grandparents were European Jews who fled their home as Hitler rose to power. It’s their story that inspired her to write Across Great Divides, her first historical novel.

Historical fiction lets you escape to another time and place; and Monique likes to explore the past so that we can potentially better understand the future.

Monique resides in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and son. She also works as a freelance writer.