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By: Pamela Freeman
Illustrated By: Tamsin Ainslie
Princess Betony series
Princess Betony is thrilled that she finally might have a friend. Rosie’s niece Clover Pink has come to stay next door for a while and Betony is really looking forward to finding out what a real friend is. It’s not as simple as all that when you are a Princess and your friend to be wants to become a witch. To do that Rosie has to figure out what the Rule of Wishing is. Can Betony help her? Especially if it means she has to let Clover know her secret.
An adorable story about friendship, the surface and what it means to be a true friend. For these girls it is something that comes from searching for an answer to Clover’s challenge. Betony is a free spirited kind of princess who has a generous nature. The story is delightful and it’s lesson heartfelt. These are the sort of characters any little girl could fall in love with and want to share more adventures with.
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: 01 October 2013
Format: Hardback 112 pages
Categories: Fantasy, Friendship
ISBN 13: 9781921720253
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By: Tracey Corderoy & Kate Leake
This Princess is very spoiled. Everything she wants she gets because she threatens to cry if she doesn’t get her way, so the King and Queen rush to give in. The one day things very much don’t go her way and she demands a dragon to do what she wants. The dragon refuses because the Princess does not appear to know the magic word. Will the Princess be able to remember the right word. If she does she may actually make a new friend.
An interesting story about tantrums and manners. The princess is very unlikeable at the beginning of the story. There is plenty of get and a not so subtle message. The illustrations are kind of quirky and fun. This is perfect for a reader who likes princesses and dragons and may need a reminder of good manners.
Publisher: Alison Green Books
Published: 01 March 2012
Format: Paperback 32 pages
Categories: Princesses, Dragons, Manners
ISBN 13: 9781407115610
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By: Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Fortitude is an orphaned maid with a very special ability but she keeps it hidden and longs for the day her best friend Tips returns. Tip’s is busy learning and working and keeping his true identity a secret. He sends gifts and notes back to the lovely Fortitude and promises to return but even those don’t contain the truth. Princess Wisdom is known as Dizzy and really only wants a life filled with adventure. To this end she agrees to a marriage, anything to get out of the kingdom of Montagne. These three lives collide in the lead up to the wedding. Hopes will be shattered and new dreams will be formed.
A humorous fairytale style of story, told from multiple points of view, in differing styles; some narrative, some letters. The characters are interesting; Fortitude has her strange gift, Tips is playing a part and Wisdom longs to be anything but a proper princess. There are lies, intrigues, magic, romance, broken hearts and a very special cat.
The style the story is told in is different as it is comprised of a compilation of scenes and letters from different characters but it never gets confusing or dull. There is plenty of action, even though you may wonder at the different strands in the beginning.
[Spoiler Alert!!! – Mild] Not all characters may get the happily ever after they think they want but that only adds to the charm of the story and as much as it is a fantasy that trait gives it a bit of grounding in reality. If you like fairy tales or enjoy Murdock’s previous book, Princess Ben, then definitely give this a try. A fun and light read.
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Published: 01 February 2012
Format: Paperback 300 pages
Categories: Fairy Tale, Fantasy,
ISBN 13: 9781742379265
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By: Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie
Princess Sue knows the drill, she’s grown her hair long and read all the books about being a princess, she just needs her Prince to come and rescue her from boredom. He finally arrives and Sue is all ready for adventure and mischief but the Prince thinks those things are all unprincess like. How is Sue ever going to experience the life she wants while she is locked in a tower wearing pretty dresses? Then along comes a dragon and that changes a few things.
Princess Sue is my sort of princess, not at all interested in balls and dresses. She is feisty, fun and makes friends with a dragon – what’s not to love. This story is thoroughly entertaining, the illustrations are joyous and quirky. A wonderful story about being true to yourself and not conforming.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books
Published: 26 April 2012
Format: Hardback 32 pages
Categories: Princesses, Dragons, Adventure
ISBN 13: 9781847388759
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By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrations: Axel Scheffler
Zog is in Dragon School. He is the keenest of dragons and he learns his lessons and he practices loads. Zog though is also quite accident prone. Lucky for him there is a young girl around to offer help every time he does something like fly into a tree or set his own wings on fire. With all these accidents will Zog ever get a gold star.
Yet another wonderful picture book from the award winning team of Donaldson and Scheffler (this one was a winner of the Galaxy National Children’s Book of the Year, 2010) It is a wonderfully fun and entertaining story accompanied by the great, textured and distinctive Scheffler illustrations. It is a story of trying and learning and also pushing against stereotypes (the wonderful princess character for example). Another must have book for your collection.
Publisher: Alison Green Books
Published: 01 September 2011
Format: Paperback 32 pages
Categories: Fiction, Dragons, School
ISBN 13: 9781407115597
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