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The Princess Who Had No Kingdom Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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[Told with] skill and aplomb ... The story runs through al the usual tropes of royal balls and scheming mothers but gives them a modern twist (Financial Times)
Such outstanding substance with prettiness is rare (The Sunday Times)
A real find ... a wise and witty modern fairytale (The Bookseller)
fresh and original (The Bookbag)
There is plenty in this story to raise a giggle ... a charming modern-day fairytale and a truly satisfying story (Child Education)
Both story and pictures exude good-humoured charm (School Librarian)
This witty modern fairy tale ... is brought magically to life through Sarah Gibb's exquisite art (Maternity & Infant)
An unusual modern-day fairy tale to be treasured (Bournemouth Daily Echo)
Both story and pictures exude good-humoured charm. (School Librarian)
An ideal book to read together with children. Sarah Gibb's illustrations suit the tone of the book perfectly. (Bookbag)
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(I have just realised that this sounds like a poorly-concealed advert from the author/ publisher - it isn't! I have no vested interest except that I enjoyed it so much I want everyone to have a copy!)
I bought this recently for my daughter's 4th birthday on recommendation from a local children's book seller and it is already a firm favourite.
The first thing I noticed was the stunning, whimsical illustrations. I particularly love the amazingly detailed silhouettes (we have found something new to look at with each exploration) and the wonderfully expressive animal images throughout the book.
Having chosen this one for its gorgeous illustration, I was immensely pleased to discover the charming, witty and modern fairytale within.
While the princess is beautiful, if a little bedraggled, her true beauty shines through in her personality. No ordinary, down trodden fairytale princess in need of rescue here. Our Princess is self confident, independent and pragmatic. Rather than being swept off her feet by a handsome prince after a single night of dancing, SHE rescues HIM.
While we are in no doubt of Princesses feelings for her Prince, a man who makes her laugh and supports her unconditionally, she is not defined by their relationship. At one point during the story it looks as though things won't work out and while the princess expresses sadness, she picks herself up and prepares to get on with her life.
There is no happily ever after assumed here, just the promise of a beautiful shared future based on mutual understanding and goals. A much healthier and realistic role model for our daughters!
Verdict: An exquisitely illustrated modern fairytale.
I actually bought this for the artwork but it goes down great with little girls too.They love exploring the drawings, there are some words for them to learn if they are very young and it is a nice book to read with them.
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