Monday, May 27, 2013

CHAPTER BOOK: The Wide-Awake Princess by E. D. Baker

The Wide-Awake Princess

A delightful twist on familiar fairy tales! Princess Annie's fairy-godmother gift at her birth was an immunity to magic. Because of this gift, Annie is not affected when her sister, Gwen, pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and all the castle inhabitants fall asleep. It is up to Annie to save the day. She meets up with a guard from her castle who was away when the curse struck. Liam vows to keep Annie safe as they try to find a way to break the curse. Along their journey, Annie meets several princes who agree to try to wake Gwen with a kiss. She also runs into parts of a variety of classic fairy tales -- Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Frog Prince, the Princess and the Pea, etc.

This was a great story. I am a huge fan of fairy tales and fairy tale re-tellings and this was a winner! There's a great twist towards the end that ramps up the tension and excitement right at the end. Plenty of loose ends for the sequel to address.

4 out of 5 stars
AR reading level of 6.0

Recommended for: fans of fairy tale stories like the Whatever After series or the Twice Upon a Time series (by Wendy Mass)

Cautions: none

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