The Magic Necklace – Bumper Special Book!: Book 1 (Secret Princesses) Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Jun. 2016
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I enjoyed the book I think it was one of my favourite books I've read. I give this book 5 gold stars. -- Gracie, aged 8, Primary Times
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These pendants take the two girls to the Wishing Star Palace where Secret Princesses come to meet in an enchanted land. The girls find that they are potential Friendship Princesses and they have to work together to grant wishes and bring happiness. Happily deciding to become Trainee Princesses leads the girls into an adventure with, of course, in true Fairy Tale fashion, a baddie – the wicked Princess Poison and, hopefully, a Happy Ever After. My nine year old daughter loved this story and is looking forward to reading on in the series. A fun, feel good story, with a good mix of the real world and the fantasy.
Charlotte and Mia have been best friends since they were little and do everything together but their world is turned upside down when Charlotte's mum announces that she has a new job and they are all moving to America. Charlotte and Mia are really sad to be separated until their pop star friend Alice give them a very special necklace each. The necklaces have the magic to whisk the girls away to Wishing Star Palace where they meet other secret princesses including their friend Alice. The two girls discover that they can be the next friendship princesses and agree to their first mission to help a sad girl called Olivia but there is a mean Poison Princess who is out to stop them so can the girls succeed and make Olivia's wishes come true?.....
This is a really good introduction to the series and bound to be a hit with all little girls who love everything princessey. I did find an error on page 32 where Mia's Dad asks the girls to dance but Charlotte answers "Maybe later Dad" and so perhaps this will be corrected in future prints. A really good book and it promises to be a lovely series which my daughter and I will most likely follow.
In this, the opening story of Secret Princesses, the girls are in trouble. Charlotte and Mia are being separated, as Charlotte is moving far away from the town in which she grew up. Thankfully, their friend and pop star, Alice, gives them each a very magical necklace. These are the pendants that allow the girls to be transported to the magical world of the Secret Princesses. They may no longer be able to stay in the real world together, but they can meet in this alternative land. Whilst there, they can learn all about training to be secret princesses, just like their friend Alice!
The books combine both fantasy world, and real world scenes, and make for a heartwarming tale of friendship and love. My daughter has been reading these for several years now, and she devours them in one sitting as she finds them so gripping. I highly recommend them to children aged 6-10, approximately, who are confident readers and love a wholesome tale of good prevailing over evil.
My daughter LOVES all things 'princess' (including pantomime and Barbie ... and more), so she was delighted to flick through this book and look at all of the illustrations (there are LOTS of them) before she'd even read a word.
Other reviewers have covered the storyline so I won't repeat it here; there's a 'look inside' feature on the product's page and that's worth a look just to get an idea of the vocabulary used and the sensible font size ... it also gives one the opportunity to see the lovely illustrations that really make a difference to the book.
The book has 9 chapters of approximately 20 pages each with illustrations on almost every page that really help move the story on ... and my daughter thought they were great and intends to colour her favourite ones in! The font size is good and remains consistent throughout the chapters.
We have only just finished the book after about three weeks, but my daughter's interest did not wane at any point; she really (REALLY) enjoyed the main characters' biography in the back of the book giving details including 'In the real world', 'Personality', 'Hobbies', 'Favourite colour', 'Symbol on her necklace', and 'Favourite thing about Wishing Star Palace'.