Wednesday, August 17, 2011

There's a Princess in the Palace

There's a Princess in the Palace
retold by Zoe B. Alley
R. W. Alley, ill.

There's a Princess in the Palace is a funny graphic novel-style reinterpretation of five classic princess tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Prince, Princess and the Pea, and Snow White). The clever narrative in this oversized book is broken up into the five distinct tales, but each story is connected (hilariously) to the next so that the book forms a complete narrative. Two little mice keep the narrative moving and help connect the details--as well as provide extra humor.

This book is best for (newly) independent readers who have some familiarity with the original tales; readers should have enough maturity to pick up on occasional word plays, twists on the original tales, and general wit. This would also be a great choice for slightly older reluctant readers.

Recommended for first grade and up.

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