The Persnickety Princess
by Falcon Storm
My Rating: 4 Stars ****
Please Note: I received a copy of The Persnickety Princess – courtesy of Novel Publicity for the purposes of this review but all opinions are my own.
The first thing that I adored about this book… was the narrator named, Upon A. Time. He is a heroic traveler who is arrested by two city guards (neither who seem very bright), for having been found dressed in the sheriff’s clothes, riding on the back of a pig and shouting out a limerick (which shouldn’t be repeated). The opening scene, sets the stage for the humour and originality that soon follows. As Upon A. Time begins telling the guards the story of the Persnickety Princess, the reader becomes quickly absorbed in the tale.
Although, The Persnickety Princess was intended for children aged 6-9 years old, I am sure many adults will get just as much enjoyment (perhaps even more) due to the humour, as well as the life lessons contained within the story line. This is the type of book, you originally buy for your child but that you end up loving just as much as they do! It’s for sure one of those rare win-win situations!
Princess Lavender (aka the Persnickety Princess) has waited unhappily in her self-designed castle for many, many years for that perfect, heroic Prince to come along and rescue her, the beautiful damsel-in-distress. The Princess knows what type of Prince she wants – she very specifically knows what type of Prince she wants. She is specific in the Prince she is waiting for, even down to the exact height he should be – five foot eight and three-quarter inches tall – and nobody else will do. Several Princes have tried but all have failed. So there she remains, in her perfectly painted castle, discontent, irritable and confused about why her Prince, the right Prince, has not arrived to rescue her from her self-imposed prison. How many single Princesses are sitting, waiting for that very specific type of Prince to come into their own lives, to save them? Discontent, irritable, unhappy, yet there they sit waiting, in their own castles, dissatisfied and confused about how long it is taking for him to finally arrive!
The Persnickety Princess looks down upon her sister Petunia, who takes a very different view of how life should be lived and what having fun is all about. Petunia is adventurous and certainly isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the process. Princess Petunia isn’t sitting around waiting for some Prince to arrive and rescue her! After all, she considers herself to be a self-rescuing Princess. I think a lot of us can learn from Princess Petunia! Self-rescuing Princess indeed!
Prince Hugo arrives at the castle, just as Princess Petunia is snatched up by a dragon. Princess Lavender can not understand that Prince Hugo is not there to rescue her. So while Hugo rushes off in pursuit of rescuing Petunia, Lavender finally decides she is tired of waiting within her castle and she is going to have to venture out and put herself in some serious danger, in order to be saved by her tardy Prince. Of course, the underlying message for insightful adults is… many Princesses feel the need to be rescued by a handsome Prince, even though they may not be in any real danger at all or if they are, those same Princesses are fully capable of rescuing themselves!
Princess Lavender repeatedly puts herself in increasing amounts of danger, in the hopes of being rescued by Hugo, however, Dave keeps saving her from each dangerous situation! How frustrating and inconvenient that is! Dave is just a lowly squire, assumes Lavender, not the one destined to be with her at all! Of course, the underlying message in this is, sometimes the person who is right for you, has been there all along but may not be the one you have your sights narrowed in on. Princess Lavender can’t seem to see the forest for the trees! How many of us, do the very same thing?
During her last and most dangerous rescue, Dave again saves her. It is then revealed by Hugo that Dave is actually Prince Dave and that while he is shy and doesn’t talk much, he does believe that Princess Lavender is pretty. It is then that Princess Lavender realizes all the time she has wasted waiting in her tower. After asking Prince Dave his height, which is five foot eight and one-fourth inches, she claims that is close enough, she’s not picky. Of course, as all true fairy tales end… Prince Dave and Princess Lavender end up marrying and living happily ever after. Needless to say, in real life… that’s not usually how things end up but after all, this is a fairy tale and we all could do with a little dreaming and happy imagination at times!
The Epilogue explains what happens to the various characters afterwards, except for one, which leaves the opening for Book Two from Tales Upon A. Time. Brilliant. The concept of having Upon A. Time continue in Book Two, to tell the tale involving this character that needed a story of her own, is effective. Due to the quality of The Persnickety Princess and the interest it created for me with its characters – I would purchase Book Two in the series which is due for release September 24th, 2013.
I rated this book a solid four stars. I like the moral of this story, the underlying humour running through out it and the well-developed characters that were so easy for me to picture in my imagination. I will love reading The Persnickety Princess to my niece. Children need more stories in which the Princess learns NOT to wait around for some Prince to come rescue her, who learns that being a self-rescuing Princess is not only much more fun but much more empowering as well and that sometimes being Persnickety and being too picky about what one thinks she wants, ends up narrowing ones choices so much, that one may miss out on some pretty awesome things in the meantime. Our children need more fairy tales just like this one and perhaps, even quite a few of us adults, need more stories just like this one too.
A Few of my Favourite Quotes From the Book
Petunia laughed so hard, she snorted. “You poor prince, I’m a self-rescuing princess. Didn’t I mention that? In fact, it looks like I just saved your bacon.”
Hugo stepped back and almost stumbled as he nervously kept an eye on the dragon. “Is it safe?” Petunia shrugged as she finished saddling the dragon. “Is anything ever really safe?”
You’re a terribly accident-prone princess. Seems you might need someone around to rescue you with fair regularity.
Lavender smiled and reflected on all the years she had wasted waiting in her tower. Only when she finally left had she had found herself a worthy prince.
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
About the book: 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.
The Persnickety Princess is a lower grade chapter book intended for kids 6 to 9 years old (although kids of all ages are sure to enjoy it! Pick up your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Kobo Books.
About the author:
I was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, I’ve filled my life with stories of every sort from my father’s hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, I became more interested in telling stories of my own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of me, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and my crazy, unrestrained imagination. I continue to whittle away at these stories in my endless search for the one that will finally bring me back to reality. All the while, I secretly hope such a story will never come along. I hear “reality” is far too boring. Connect with Falcon on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win (1) a $25 Amazon gift card, (2) a $50 Amazon gift card, or (3) a Princess Prize Pack, which includes a plush purple dragon, necklace with lavender pendant, The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Being a Princess, tiara and wand party set, and a DVD of The Princess Bride.
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