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"A sophisticated romp." — Publishers Weekly

"Humor and wordplay...sit alongside the danger." — Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Dashka Slater lives in Oakland, California.

Valeria Docampo lives in Paris, France.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books; First Edition edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803733747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803733749
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.3 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was little, I liked to tell stories. Both of my parents are writers, and they used to read me stories, and tell me stories, and my mother even used to draw little picture books that were all about me. I started by telling stories to my mother, who wrote them down for me until I was old enough to write them down myself.

Every week I went to the library and checked out as many books as I could carry. Soon I began filling up notebooks writing my own stories. I sent some of what I wrote to the contests at the back of Cricket Magazine, and several of them were published there.

I began writing poetry when I was seven, and wrote more and more of it as I got older. In high school I took some classes at the local university with the the poet Lawson Inada who loaned me lots of books of poetry and told me that the best way to be a good writer was to read more than I wrote. That's some of the best advice anyone has ever given me.

I kept writing poetry, and won some contests and published some poems and generally got enough encouragement that I never thought of myself as anything other than a writer. After college I began writing for magazines and newspapers, and eventually learned enough about how to organize a narrative to write a novel called The Wishing Box, which was published in 2000 by Chronicle Books and named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times.

My son was born right around the same time, and so I was soon immersed in the world of children's books again, which had always been my first love. Like many parents, I had the urge to write some myself, and so I did. My first books, Baby Shoes and Firefighters in the Dark, were inspired by things my son was interested in. My third book, The Sea Serpent and Me, is based on a story I wrote when I was ten -- it will be released in 2008.

I have continued to write fiction for adults as well, and in 2004 received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, which I used to work on a short story collection. I also continue to write articles for magazines -- you can find my journalism in places like Sierra, Mother Jones, and More.

I write every day, sometimes for children and sometimes for grown-ups, because telling stories is still my favorite thing to do.

Customer Reviews

My 4-8 year olds loved it best and have read it repeatedly.
Jennifer K.
A beautifully done book - gorgeous, rich illustrations and an original story about friendship between kids who don't necessarily like the same things.
Suzanne Guardado
My daughters love this book, and I love how non-traditional a princess story it is.
Molly

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on January 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Princesses are a topic that is always popular among little girls. But to be honest, I get sick of the Disney princess type, although they are getting better, the type where the princess has to be rescued, is beautiful, etc. Because of this, I am glad that there are more princess books coming out involving girls that don't fit that image. The princess in Dangerously Ever After is very much her own person. She loves things that are dangerous. Things like her pet scorpion, a bike with no brakes, and a garden full of 'prickles and stickles and brambles and nettles.' When a prince shows up and wreaks havoc in her garden she is not pleased. And when he tries to fix the damage by giving her roses, she is even less pleased, until she sees the thorns. She loves the thorns and seeks some rose seeds of her own, but what she gets is not what she wanted and adventure results. I enjoyed the fairy tale feel to the story, the story is definitely unique and fun. I highly recommend this to those who want a fairy tale, but a untypical one.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Inhabiting Books on November 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're the mother of little girls, you're probably going to encounter princesses at some point in your reading repertoire. This can be delightful or painful, depending on how the author chooses to portray said princesses. The delightful ones get reread with enthusiasm, and the painful, simpering, irritating ones get quietly "lost" in whatever manner deemed necessary.
Never fear, Dangerously Ever After by Dashka Slater and Valeria Docampo will be in the enthusiastically reread category, with no pain involved.

Princess Amanita is not your average princess. She loves all things dangerous, and her garden would make Morticia Addams proud. And then...

"One day, as the princess was watering a patch of itching thistles, a prince from a neighboring kingdom rode up. His name was Florian and he was out looking for for a dragon to slay, or a knight to challenge--or at least someone his own age to talk to."

The prince's arrival sets off a chain of funny events that culminate in the character growth of the princess (and undoubtedly of the young prince, too.)

My girls and I chuckled our way through the appealing absurdity of this refreshingly non-girly princess story. It appealed to my younger princess-loving daughters, and even my older princess-loathing daughter. I can see this being a hit with boys, too, because the traditional princess aspect isn't present. (It will help that the word doesn't feature in the title, but the word "danger" does.) All kids can identify with danger-loving Princess Amanita in some aspect, because at its heart, Dangerously Ever After is the story of a little girl whose way of identifying herself is called into question when she encounters events outside her comfort zone and control, which leads to growth and balance.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By vivian rojas on December 27, 2012
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Beautiful book for your unconventional princess. Gave this to my 16 year old princess, she loved the story and illustrations.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By susan22818 on September 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Our daughter who is 3 selected this book pretty much at random at the library. We all love it, even my husband. Even though the library will let us keep it for an extended time period, and we are extremely cheap, we are still buying a new copy. The princess does do some stupid/rude things, but I usually comment on the stupid things while reading the book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Urban Mom on March 6, 2014
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Everyone who raves about the illustrations in this book is SPOT ON! They are simply gorgeous!!! But the storyline leaves A LOT to be desired -- so much so that I wish I hadn't purchased it. As much as I wanted to like it, I can't. More to the point, the confusing (and sometimes pointless) story line bored my 7YO daughter. Sadly, despite the gorgeous artwork, this one seems doomed to sit on the shelf.

It starts out with a great premise...

Not-your-ordinary princess, this unconventional girl loves danger and dangerous things. When a prince comes along, she is not impressed. The only thing she likes about him is his sword. She doesn't even like the roses he gives her to apologize for accidentally wrecking her wheelbarrow -- until she notices the thorns!

She asks him to send her seeds so that she can grow more of these "dangerous" flowers. But what she gets are plants shaped like noses. She then goes on an adventure to return the flowers to the prince. Sounds like a great opportunity for the princess to demonstrate her bravery, right? Wrong.

And here's where the story gets derailed... the author wastes several pages focusing on the princess's fears. Then out of nowhere she's able to find the prince's castle and return the noses, where they "lived happily ever after" with the prince's roses. Huh? What was the point of that?

Small side note... All along the story the princess is accompanied by her beautifully drawn Siamese cat. When the princess and her cat reach the prince's castle, the illustrations show them meeting the prince's equally stunningly depicted tabby cat. Yet the story line doesn't acknowledge (or even reference) this in any way.

Again, this book leaves me scratching my head and wondering whether the author was distracted midway through writing the story and left it to someone else to wrap up. I only wish I would have left this book for someone else. Save your money, pass on this one. :(
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