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Book Review: Don’t Call Me Princess! by Kate Evans

5 Nov

 

A children’s picture book which takes down the concept of ‘princess’. A sassy child narrator chooses six well-known fairy tales involving princesses. With simple rhyme and lively pictures she takes the stories apart with incredulous humour and charm. This is a book to inspire children of all ages and adults to to think beyond the superficial.

Well-known cartoonist Kate Evans takes a punchy pop at six ‘classic’ fairytales: The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid.

 

 

My Review 

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

Kate Evans uses classic fairy tales to present the idea that girls don’t have to be rescued by a knight in shining armor. It’s a good concept to introduce to girls, and Kate Evans has found a good way to present it. Most of the illustrations are great (the one on the title page makes the girl look scary though). 

The text is good and is appropriate for the age that it’s directed at. The one thing I noticed was that it rhymes sometimes, almost rhymes other times, and then it doesn’t rhyme at all. It would be just as good if there wasn’t an attempt to rhyme at all.

My favorite paragraph says it all: “Women do all kinds of things while wearing lovely clothes, but please don’t call me Princess ‘cos I’m never one of those. My mum is not a Queen, you see. My dad is not a King. Instead of being a Princess…I can be anything!”

I have a niece who is the perfect age for this book and I’m giving it to her over the holidays. She’ll love it!

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan

8 May

Title: The Grumpface
Author: BCR Fegan
Illustrator: Daniela Frongia
Publisher: TaleBlade
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Pages: 32
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About the Book

The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.

The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor’s quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Every parent will be acquainted with their own little ‘grumpface’ now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope – that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.

Available on Amazon.
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My Review

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

The Grumpface is a fairy tale about Dan, a young inventor who wants to woo a girl who sells flowers but he is too shy to talk to her. He decides he must find her a rose because she doesn’t have any. He wanders into Grumpface’s part of the forest and is challenged to perform tasks to be able to return  home. Poor Dan does his best but fears he will never see his love again.

This is a story of hope and  perseverance as well as humor and bravery overcoming grumpiness and negativity. The Grumpface is a good story to teach children the importance of being hopeful and positive like Dan, rather than grumpy like Grumpface. It also has vibrant illustrations and the text is in verse, both of which will keep the attention of children.

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About the Author

BCR Fegan is an Australian author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults. He is inspired by stories that resonate deeply with our desire for adventure, yearning for magic and search for meaning.
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Book Review: Snow White Lies by Sarah J. Pepper

24 Apr

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00004]Title: Snow White Lies

Author: Sarah J. Pepper

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Publication Date: April 26, 2015

About the Book

“Evil poisons everyone. Period. Our mouths water when we sink our teeth into what we have always craved. Surrendering to our desires by biting off delectable piece of the forbidden fruit is nothing more than a meager confession: Poison tastes sinfully sweet,”—Confessions of the Big Apple Debutante, by blogger Miss Snow White.

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Snow White Lies is a modern twisted adaptation of Snow White. In Sarah J. Pepper’s world, though, the Seven Dwarves are demons and Snow White is anything but sweet and innocent.

The characters are complex and it is impossible to know who has Snow White’s best interests at heart. It sometimes seems that even she doesn’t have her best interests at heart. Snow White is a spoiled brat or, at least, that’s what she wants everyone to believe. The Huntsman is supposed to kill her, but there’s a strong attraction between them. Can he do it? Can she trust him?

Snow White Lies is fast paced with several surprises. If you like complicated tales with twists and turns and lots of deception, this story is for you.

 

About the Author

11-28-2013-1-38-56-amSarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance – think “happily ever after” but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn’t only filled with hugs, kisses, unicorns, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It’s in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of – both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn’t always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn’t mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit?

LINKS: @sarahjpepper
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Book Review & Giveaway: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost

28 Mar

GRIMMTASTIC_2_cover352782Title: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost (Grimmtastic Girls #2)

Author: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Genre: Children ages 8-12

Date Published: March 25, 2014

Description:

The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is the second book in the Grimmtastic Girls series. The first book was about Cinderella and this one is about Red Riding Hood. It starts the week after book #1 ends.

Red has wanted to act ever since she can remember but she suffers from stage fright. Throughout the book she questions herself and her acting abilities but with the help of her new friend, Wolfgang, she learns to face her fears.

There’s a lot more to this story, though. Red and her best friends, Rapunzel, Snow, and Cinda, decide to try to find Grandmother Enchantress in Neverwood Forest but Red gets lost. What happens next is a twist on the story we all know of Red Riding Hood.

I love these stories and I’m sure young readers will love them also! They’re full of fairy tale characters, magic, mystery, and humor.

Available on Amazon.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Cinderella Stays Late

27 Mar

GRIMMTASTIC_1_cover092793Title: Cinderella Stays Late (Grimmtastic Girls #1)

Author: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Genre: Children ages 8-12

Date Published: March 25, 2014

Description:

The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!

Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

What a great book for young readers! Cinderella Stays Late has everything: fairy tale characters, mystery, humor and a touch of boy likes girl/girl likes boy. It’s a different twist on a popular fairy tale that’s bound to be a hit with young readers.

Cinderella (she prefers Cinda) gets to start attending Grimm Academy with her evil stepsisters. She quickly becomes friends with Rapunzel, Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.

Of course there’s a ball given by a handsome prince. Cinda almost doesn’t go to the ball because she can’t dance. When she does decide to go to the ball to stop her stepsisters from ruining it, they do their best to keep her from going. With the help of her friends and her magical glass slippers, Cinda still gets to go to the ball and she makes quite an impression in more ways than one!

I have the second book in this series to read next and I can’t wait!

Available on Amazon.

 

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